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March 2020

Author’s Talk – 1774: The Long Year of Revolution

March 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor Emerita of American History at Cornell University, discusses and signs copies of her new book analyzing the revolutionary change that took place between December 1773 and April 1775—from the Boston Tea Party and the first Continental Congress to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Drawing extensively on pamphlets, newspapers and personal correspondence, Dr. Norton reconstructs colonial political discourse as it happened, showing the vigorous campaign mounted by conservatives criticizing congressional actions. But…

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Vintage Evening – Photographing the Revolutionary War Generation

March 12, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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$40

Hundreds of Revolutionary War veterans lived into the age of photography, when early photographers captured striking portraits of the last surviving revolutionaries. The first photographic portraits of Revolutionary War veterans were daguerreotypes, the most common photographic process of the late 1840s and 1850s, followed by tintypes, a more affordable successor to the daguerreotype in the 1860s. During this era, photographic prints of elderly revolutionaries were published and sold to the public as a reminder of the sacrifices of the generation…

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Lunch Bite – The Badge of Military Merit

March 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Join Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a discussion of the Badge of Military Merit, the first military decoration for enlisted men and the precursor to the modern Purple Heart. Declaring that “the road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is … open to all,” George Washington established the badge in August 1782 to recognize distinguished conduct and to encourage “virtuous ambition” and “every species of Military merit.” Soldiers honored with the award, Washington directed,…

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Concert – Can’t Help Singing

March 21, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Nancy Peery Marriott, soprano, and David Chapman, piano, return to Anderson House for a performance of classical music for voice and piano. The performance will include favorites composed by John Duke, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The concert will last approximately one hour. Registration is required for this free event.   About the Performers Nancy Peery Marriott has appeared extensively in concert, oratorio and recital throughout the United States, including solo performances at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and…

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Lecture – Suffering Soldiers: Moral Sentiment and Veterans’ Pensions

March 30, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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John Resch, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, discusses how the moral sentiment of gratitude, as expressed in the image of the suffering soldier, transformed the memory of the Revolutionary War and its veterans in the early American republic. This popular depiction legitimized the Continental Army as a republican institution, credited it with securing independence and led to the creation of pensions. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is required for this…

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