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Lectures on James A. Garfield Memorial and Emanuel G. Leutze

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Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building

200 Maryland Avenue NE

Washington, D.C 20002

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Friday, May 18 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm : Washington's Unknown President, James A. Garfield: A Case Study in Creating a Memorial in Washington

Matthew B. Gilmore is the editor of the H-DC discussion list and blogs on Washington history and related subjects at matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com. Previously, he was a reference librarian at the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library. The story of James Garfield’s memorial might be ripped from today’s headlines: a presidential memorial, delayed for years, caught up in Congressional infighting; legislation pending to displace the memorial and replace it with another. Yet the year was 1887, not 2017, and the memorial was for Garfield, not Eisenhower. In his talk, Gilmore will discuss the turmoil behind a seemingly simple act of remembrance.

Wednesday, May 23 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Emanuel G. Leutze: "A Man of True Genius," Neglected and Almost Forgotten

Heidi Irre lives in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, the town where Emanuel G. Leutze was born. In 2012 she received a fellowship from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, which contributed to the publication of her monograph “Emanuel G. Leutze. Von der Rems zum Delaware.” Leutze left behind a rich oeuvre in a number o f forms, from portraits, and historical and genre paintings, tolandscapes. Irre will discuss one of Leutze’s most well-known paintings, Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way, which can be seen in the Capitol’s House Wing.

Free and open to the public.

Location: Ketchum Hall in the Veterans Foreign Wars Building (200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002.)
Between Union Station and Capitol South metro stations

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