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Autumn Art and History Talks with USCHS

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UPDATE: The lecture with Don Hawkins has been rescheduled for Friday, November 22. The time remains 12-1 pm, and the location is the same: Ketchum Hall, in the VFW Building at 200 Maryland Ave. NE.

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce four upcoming brown bag lectures on Capitol and congressional art and history.

All talks are free and open to the public; pre-registration here is requested.

With the exception of the Nov. 6 lecture, please feel free to bring your own bag lunch. Members of the public are not permitted to bring food into the CVC.

PLEASE NOTE: talks take place at different locations on Capitol Hill and in Foggy Bottom.


October 23: "Winston in Washington"​
Speaker: Lee Pollock, trustee and advisor to the board of the International Churchill Society
Location: The National Churchill Library and Center in Foggy Bottom (2130 H Street NW; enter the Gelman Library through the side courtyard)

This talk will explore Winston Churchill's many visits to Washington, D.C. over 60 years and his relationships with Congress and its Members.


November 6: "Elisabet Ney's Sam Houston, 'The Greatest of Wild Men'"
Speaker: Jacquelyn Delin McDonald, USCHS Capitol Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Captiol Visitor Center, Room SVC 215 (the main CVC entrance is on 1st St. NE)

This talk will address the commissions for Ney's statue of Sam Houston--including the version in the Capitol--and her depiction of the famed Texan, statesman, and frontiersman.


November 22: "A Really Close Look at the L’Enfant Manuscript Plan of Washington"
Speaker: Don Hawkins, independent historical cartographer
Location: Ketchum Hall, VFW Building; 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002

Hawkins will discuss observations gleaned from viewing high resolution scans to study the version of L'Enfant's manuscript plan for Washington held at the Library of Congress.


December 11: “Hunting for the Bill of Rights: The Historian Detective”
Ken Bowling, Independent Historian
Location:The National Churchill Library and Center in Foggy Bottom (first floor, 2130 H Street NW; enter the Gelman Library through the side courtyard)

Bowling will give an overview of historians’ attempts to locate the 14 original copies of the “so-called Bill of Rights.” Bowling will also talk about how the first ten amendments became the iconic Bill of Rights we know today.


More detailed information about the speakers and their topics is available on our website.



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