National Mall Tour - L’Enfant’s Inspiration
Vietnam Memorial and More
"[Our guide] was energetic, informative, indefatigable, engaging... I could go on. I feel the name of your organization, "Context", says it all."
Anne Barkow is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, but has lived and taught all over the world. After graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Beloit College, she taught Academic English at the Escuela Politécnica Nacional, a public university in Quito, Ecuador. After returning to the States, she did her Master’s in Teaching of Languages at the University of Southern Mississippi with a focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Spanish. The next year she was awarded an English Language Fellowship through the U.S. Department of State, which sent her to teach English Language in Libreville, Gabon. After that year, she taught Academic English in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. Returning to Wisconsin, she taught Spanish and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as well as the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She now lives in Washington DC, her favorite city in the USA. When she was in her early 20s, she worked as a local tour guide in DC which is why she is very excited to lead tours here again. Her passion about American History has been fueled by years of sharing her language and culture in the classroom. Tour guiding is the awesome upgrade of actually showing people the places and artifacts that have shaped our country, culture, and history instead of just using a powerpoint!
Alison is a cultural heritage professional with a particular interest in the "untold histories" behind monuments, artworks, and artifacts. She earned her Master of Philosophy in Heritage Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2020, specializing in Italian cultural heritage. She also holds a BA in Art History from George Washington University, where she focused on both classical and early modern art. Alison has previously lived in Italy and the United Kingdom, but considers Washington, DC home.
Clift is a native of Washington, D.C., and has been guiding here for over twenty years. He currently sit on the Board of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C., responsible for training and working in tandem with their Education Committee. One of the things Clift enjoys most about guiding in the national capital region is showing visitors just how much more there is beyond the monuments, museums, and recognizable landmarks. Though his passion and profession have been - and still are - with architecture and architectural history, he has fielded requests for many specialty tours in the area outside that discipline. Clift is a second-generation stone-carver and restoration specialist; most of his time is spent working with the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown where he serves on their Preservation Board and directs volunteers in hands-on monument restoration and preservation. Clift is also an active docent at the Washington National Cathedral, and maintains a volunteer office - The Arts Information Database- that is the parallel resource (along with the Archives office) for the story behind the thousands of artistic treasures found throughout the fabric of the building.
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