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100% of the proceeds from our tours, concerts, donations & sales support our programs.

Heroes

Music provides a haven for the heart and soul for soldiers, service people, first responders and all those who are giving of themselves to serve others. Different from our artist-in-residence program, heroes provides a supportive, encouraging environment, free from outside pressures - so that they may simply sleep, rest and heal. In addition to loaning Gibson guitars and other musical instruments for heroes to play when they visit, we offer respite for selected participants to help them recharge and renew their mind, body and spirit.

Being able to provide Heroes a safe sanctuary to replenish themselves, warms our hearts, and renews our faith in man-kind.

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Eligibility & Guidelines for Heroes Program

Applicants must:
  1. be from outside the DC, Maryland, Virginia area
  2. be sponsored by a hero program alumni and/or a member of O Museum in The Mansion (we do not accept unsolicited applicants.) and/or
  3. be recommended by a veterans organization or doctor
Length of Stay for our Vets Program

Residency includes housing only. Average length of stay is 4 days however, time frames are determined on a case-by-case basis. Recipient must be accompanied by a caretaker or significant other.

Length of Stay for our Heroes Program

Time frames are determined on a case-by-case basis. Our longest hero stayed nearly 10 years. Others have stayed one day.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit an essay outlining the following:

  • why they are coming to DC
  • their story
  • what they are looking to get out of their stay
  • the length of stay requested
  • sponsor recommendation
Selection Process
  • O Museum program committee will review applications to ensure completion and eligibility (incomplete applications will not be considered)
  • The committee will evaluate each hero’s application and essay to select participants
  • Only selected participants will be notified
Deadlines

Respites are offered on a rolling admission

Giving Back

We believe volunteering helps the healing process. It reduces stress, builds confidence and provides a sense or purpose. Our heroes are invited to volunteer at the museum when they stay in any way they like.

               

Mrs. Rosa Parks and her Pathways to Freedom staff stayed with us on and off from 1994 to 2003 as part of our heroes program. Since 1980, nearly $3.8M has gone to support this program.  

    
                     JET Magazine, December 21, 1998                      View trailer from Mrs. Rosa Parks Tour

You can contribute! To sponsor one of our program participants please click the button below and make a pledge - every bit helps.

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Giving Back When You Stay Lodging for a Cause

Rated in the Forbes top 7 hotels in Washington, D.C. our themed rooms serve as hotel rooms for guests visiting the nation's capital.

BUT, their higher purpose is realized through our Artists & Heroes-in-Residence programs. We use these rooms to house soldiers, service people, first responders, creatives, and all those who are giving of themselves to serve others for free. Our unique spaces and quiet alcoves provide a supportive, encouraging environment, free from outside pressures - so that they may simply sleep, rest, heal, and/or create.

Lodging by the general public only accounts for 7.5% of our revenue - when you stay you are supporting these important programs.

Every year for the past 40 years we have provided (on average) over 850 free room nights a year to support our Artists & Heroes-in-Residence programs.

Artist-in-Residence

Our artist-in-residence program helps anyone with a creative vision to rediscover their heart and muse, by giving them a place to stay, at no cost. We believe creativity comes in many forms -- from writing music to problem solving and beyond. Individuals benefiting from our artist-in-residence program have not just been musicians, writers and artists, but have included lawyers, scientists, athletes and yes, politicians.

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Eligibility & Guidelines for Artists-in-Residence

Applicants must:
  1. be from outside the DC, Maryland, Virginia area
  2. be visiting DC or the surrounding area to work on special projects
  3. be nominated by an artist-in-residence alumni and/or a member of O Museum in The Mansion (we do not accept unsolicited artist materials.)
  4. not be currently enrolled in an undergraduate academic program. Graduate and PhD candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Length of Stay

Residency includes housing only. Time frames will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process

Along with a link to their art and/or writings and/or music applicants are required to submit an essay outlining the following:

  • the project they are coming to DC to work on
  • what makes them a good candidate for inclusion
  • what they are looking to get out of their stay
  • the length of stay requested
  • Recommendation from nominating party
Selection Process
  • O Museum program committee will review applications to ensure completion and eligibility (incomplete applications will not be considered)
  • The committee will evaluate each artist’s materials and essay to select participants
  • Only selected participants will be notified
Deadlines

Residency is offered on a rolling admission

Giving Back

We believe volunteering helps reduce stress, build confidence and provide a sense or purpose. As part of this program our creatives are invited to volunteer at the museum and share their gifts with the public and on our social channels when they stay.

Last year we provided over 1,000 room nights. You can contribute! To sponsor one of our program participants please click the button below and make a pledge - every bit helps.

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Support an Artist

Intimate Music Series

Events filled with music and storytelling our Intimate Music Series allows you to get up close & personal with singer/songwriters.  Past performers include Grammy & Academy Award winners & legends of all genres including Al Kooper, Alejandro Escovedo, Bobby Keys, Emmylou Harris, Esperanza Spalding, Felix Cavaliere, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Joe Bonamassa, Lenny Kravitz, Lucinda Williams, Michael Jackson, Paul Williams, Richie Havens, Tommy Shaw and Yusef (Cat) Stevens. But our passion is to focus on rising stars. Visit our archives below.

Meet The Author & Artist Series

With over 20,000 books and 15,000 works of art this program gives authors and artists the opportunity to connect with their audience for meaningful dialogue. We have been featured in numerous books including The John Lennon Letters by Hunter Davies, Four Blind Mice by James Patterson, Afterburn by Zane and The Dead Drop by Gilda Joyce. Some authors and artists that have spoken include, Chip Duncan, Frederick Hart, Brad Meltzer, Helen Thomas, James Carville, Loung Ung, Meera Gandhi, Mrs. Rosa Parks and Studs Turkel. Visit our archives below.

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Big Stage Magic Show
Two-Time "Blackstone Award" Winner
$30/person
Big Stage Magic Show

One of the busiest corporate entertainers in the world — Richard Bloch is a frequent headliner on Las Vegas and Atlantic City stages. He is a five-time nominee for Stage Magician of the Year, a 2006 Fellowship recipient at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle and he served as scriptwriter and magic consultant to the legendary Orson Welles.

In 2010, Rich opened Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, Delaware, which has quickly become a favorite entertainment spot for both local residents and tourists, as well as a much desired venue for performing magicians from all over the world. And, he is the founder of the highly successful “Magic Castle At Sea” program, exclusive to Crystal Cruises, which provides their vessels with world class magic performers on every cruise.

At home in Washington, D.C., he lives with his wife, Susan, a Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University, a Golden Doodle and a parrot that does card tricks.

Chou Chou's Imperial Palms Swing Band
Chou Chou's Imperial Palms Swing Band

Close Up Magic & Martinis
Up-Close Magic - 1st & 3rd Mondays
Close Up Magic & Martinis

first and third monday every month

Mix, mingle and unwind from the day with a martini as you witness magic before your very eyes. Master Magician Rich Bloch will astonish & amaze you with close-up magic - no stage, no curtains - you are the audience and the participant in this one-of-a-kind experience!

--- Doors Open: 5:00pm
--- Specialty martinis only $10/each
--- Magic Show at 7:00 pm (close up)
--- Explore themed rooms & exhibits
--- Search for secret doors
--- Find the hidden speakeasy to see 6 famous magic Houdin clocks (that's right, its behind a secret door)
--- Cash Bar
--- Includes a deck of cards and a secret so you can do your own magic!

One of the busiest corporate entertainers in the world --- Richard Bloch is a frequent headliner on Las Vegas and Atlantic City stages. He is a five-time nominee for Stage Magician of the Year, a 2006 Fellowship recipient at Hollywood's famed Magic Castle and he served as scriptwriter and magic consultant to the legendary Orson Welles.
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Guests are invited to explore the museum's themed rooms and secret doors, 60 signed guitars, memorabilia, art and much more before the event begins. Be sure to bring a shopping bag everything is for sale!

Proceeds go to support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion

Freebo & Alice Howe
Folk, Rock & Blues
Freebo & Alice Howe

ABOUT FREEBO

Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Freebo's compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with "Standing Ovation" to where you stand with your pets and your partner with "She Loves My Dog More Than Me." A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.

LISTEN > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IleUnlQMm7Y

ABOUT ALICE HOWE

A lifelong songwriter, Alice's musical sensibility lies in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.

During her three years in Seattle, Alice became a familiar face in the acoustic music scene, playing a variety of local gigs, from the Doe Bay Cafe on Orcas Island to the basement stage of Northwest favorite Dusty Strings Music Store. In the summer of 2016, Alice returned to her home town of Boston, and has been busy making herself known on the stages at Club Passim, the Burren Backroom, and the me & thee coffeehouse. Alice has opened for the likes of Antje Duvekot, Ellis Paul, Chris Trapper, Vance Gilbert, and Brooks Williams.

LISTEN > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOzEjYcHwOc

 

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A Million Words Away - Author Talk with Ian Blake Newhem
A Million Words Away - Author Talk with Ian Blake Newhem

Ian Blake Newhem, author, accomplished ghost writer, and an artists-in-residence at O Museum in The Mansion, will introduce the first TWO books in his "A Million Words Away" project--12 books vs. 1 brain tumor on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at
2pm.

During his career Blake thrived as a college professor of Literature, Composition, and Journalism; a daily journalist; and most notably a successful ghostwriter --- working with famous doctors, tech gurus, celebrities, and politicians. Some of these books even attained the highly coveted "bestseller" label with both Amazon and the New York Times.

Yet, with all of his success, Blake had neglected his own voice, his own personal works. As he recovered from surgery for a
life threatening tumor that doctors believe will ultimately take is life --- he decided he would change that --- creating his "A Million Words Away" project 12 books vs. 1 tumor - challenging himself to publish a book a month for a year.

The books span genres from period drama, to mystery, to comedy, and crime. Blake is working with different collaborators for each project.

And now the first two books are out: Healing Star, a love triangle set in the Revolutionary War; and The Elephants, I, a family saga in which one elephant saves three generations on two continents (but who will save her from humanity?).

Blake will read from each book and do an interview with journalist and radio personality Doc Barham, then take your questions.

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Cash bar.

Andrea Seiger
Meet The Author
Andrea Seiger

Andréa Seiger is the author of “111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss,” an off-the track guidebook for adventuresome visitors, and locals who wish to find new ways to enjoy their own city. She has been in the tourism and meetings industry for 31 years, and has had many uniquely DC opportunities.

She is a road tripping junkie, and is happy to go anywhere on any day, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic. She loves flea markets, auctions, outdoorsy adventures and craft shows anywhere; exploring every place she goes and shopping the local color.

As for DC, she is a total contrarian to the concept that “one never plays tourist in one’s own city.” She is spoiled by the fact that Smithsonian Museums are free and full of wonder.  She knows most of DC by landmarks and loves to explore the nooks and crannies of her home town. She keeps a list of places she still needs to go and things she needs to do in the city, as there are always spots and events to explore that one might not yet know.

In her spare time, she maintains her own small business, Urban Safari, which deals in creating special off-the-beaten-path visits to unique and intriguing locations in the US and abroad.

Andrew Roberts
Author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny - Free
Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War; Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945; and Napoleon: A Life, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Biography. He has won many prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book Award. He frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal, and is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He lives in London and often lectures in New York.
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PRAISE FOR CHURCHILL:
“Fascinating…the most comprehensive single-volume biography of Churchill that we have in print.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[A]n extraordinary biography…exhaustively researched, beautifully written and paced, deeply admiring but not hagiographic, and empathic and balanced in its judgements
—a magnificent achievement.”

—Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)