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March 2019

Lecture – The Swords of George Washington

March 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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This lecture was rescheduled from February 20 due to winter weather on the original date. Whether in the role of militia officer, commander of the Continental Army or president of the United States, a sword frequently hung by George Washington's side. Nine of his swords are known to exist today, and each has a fascinating history not just as a functional weapon but as a symbol of the iconic American founder and the birth of the nation. Commemorate the 287th…

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Concert – Classical Violin

March 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Robert Simonds celebrates Women’s History Month with a performance of works by female American composers in this second installment of the American Music Series. Artists featured in the concert include contemporary composers Alexis Bacon, Patricia Van Ness, Cindy Cox and Molly Joyce. Robert Simonds is an American violinist who has performed as an orchestral player, chamber musician and solo recitalist. The concert will last approximately one hour. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Lecture – Gifts from the Sea: The Miraculous Stories of Two Continental Army Guns

March 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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One of the greatest obstacles that the Continental Army faced during its first two years was providing an adequate supply of firearms suitable for military service. Arms production in Revolutionary America never met the demand for weapons to fight the British. The timely influx of weapons captured from British ships and purchased from France saved the American cause from disaster. Independent curator and historian James L. Kochan illuminates how dependent the army was on foreign arms through the histories of…

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Lunch Bite – A Collection of Contemporary Newspapers Documenting the Life and Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

March 15, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Library Director Ellen Clark presents highlights of a recently acquired collection of early newspapers and other periodicals featuring articles on Alexander Hamilton. From the first official reports of his valor at Yorktown through his political career and personal trials to his death as the result of the duel with Aaron Burr, Hamilton was a figure of intense public interest who received wide coverage in the press. The collection also includes detailed accounts of his funeral and subsequent memorial tributes, as…

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Lecture – “Wonderland of the World”: The Andersons and Japan

March 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Japan was a touchstone in the lives of Larz and Isabel Anderson, who traveled to the country four times during the so-called “Gilded Age,” when status was expressed in part through collecting fine art. The couple assembled a large collection of Meiji-period Japanese art and displayed much of it amidst the western-style interiors and décor of Anderson House. Commemorate the 113th anniversary of the completion of Anderson House with an exploration of key Japanese works in the Anderson collection presented…

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