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Dumbarton United Methodist Church and Its Historic Stained-Glass Windows (In Person, Members Only)

December 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Photo courtesy of Dumbarton UMC.


DC Preservation League Members are invited to join us on Sunday, December 5th at 2:00pm for an in-person program at Dumbarton United Methodist Church to learn more about its history and historic stained-glass windows!

Dumbarton UMC has been a part of Georgetown continuously since 1772, meeting first in a cooper’s shop, then on Montgomery Street (now 28th Street), and finally at the present site on Dumbarton Avenue in 1850. When the church was remodeled in 1897, the present Romanesque front was added and its stained glass windows were installed from 1898 to 1900.

Inaugurated before the official creation of the Methodist Church, Dumbarton UMC is one of the oldest continuing Methodist congregations in the world. Dumbarton UMC will be celebrating its 250th anniversary next year with many events planned, including a look at its 1898 stained glass windows.

For this program, Jane Donovan will present her research on the windows, including the history of their creation and meaning of the symbols and biographies of the people memorialized in each of them.




Jane Donovan is retired from the Religious Studies faculty at West Virginia University. She holds the D.Min. and MTS degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and the BA from WVU. She is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles in the fields of Methodist history and the history of Washington, DC. She is the Book Review Editor for the scholarly journal Methodist History and previously served on the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church. Her latest book, Henry Foxall’s Journals, 1816-1817: Transatlantic Methodism in Transition, will be published by Routledge in 2022. She researched Dumbarton UMC’s windows for a booklet and DC Humanities has given the church a grant for it to be disseminated to the community.


Ellen Georgi is a recently retired history teacher with an MA in Archeology from Stanford University and an ABT MA in US History from Gilder Lehrman. She is chair of Dumbarton’s 250th Anniversary Committee.



**COVID Safety Requirements: The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us and for this reason, DCPL is requiring that all participants be fully vaccinated.  Proof of vaccination will be required upon arrival at the event.  Vaccination card or picture of card will be accepted. Masks are also required for this event, regardless of vaccination status.

This is a DCPL Members-only event. Note that you need to be signed in to your Neon account in order to successfully register. Not a member? Become one here or during registration.



December 5, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Dumbarton United Methodist Church
3133 Dumbarton St NW
Washington, DC 20007
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