On January 28, 2015, we celebrated our 60th anniversary in the newly renovated parish hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Over 100 members and guests attended, and were treated to music, food, cake, and reminiscences about some of CHRS’s victories in past decades by members who took part. Photos of the event are posted here. A brief membership meeting preceded the celebration.
The three main speakers were Muriel Wolf, Hazel Kreinheder, and Doug Wheeler.
Their talk transcripts are here:
Muriel (Mimi) Wolf
Mimi is a senior pediatrician in the Child Health Center at Children’s National Medical Center. She’s also an associate professor at George Washington University Medical Center, and is a recognized expert on lead poisoning and snakebite treatment. She and her husband Dick Wolf joined CHRS in the mid 1960s. She served as a House Tour docent for over 40 years, and was on the front lines with Dick in many historic preservation battles.
Hazel moved to DC from Massachusetts in 1957. She and her husband Bob purchased their first home on the Hill in 1963 and joined CHRS in 1966. She served on the Board and was the principal researcher for the Capitol Hill Historic District nomination. She was also the first chairman of Yost House, and in 1970 CHRS named her Citizen of the Year.
Hazel is also a life member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. She’s a retired DAR genealogist and historian, and an internationally known expert on American Revolutionary War patriots. Hazel is now a volunteer for Capitol Hill Village, and served as a member of the CHRS Review Committee for the recently-released Capitol Hill East Historic Context statement.
Doug Wheeler is currently a partner in the law firm of Hogan Lovells, specializing in environmental practice. He joined the Department of the Interior in 1969, and was California’s Secretary for Resources in the 1990s. He has served as Executive Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sierra Club, and as Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund.
Doug, his wife Heather, and their family moved to Capitol Hill in 1970 where they were members of CHRS and he served as Chair of the Historic District Committee. Two sons were raised on the Hill and attended the Capitol Hill Day School.