Historic Night Revisited: Henley Street Theater Performance at Monumental Church

Imagine yourself in a box seat hearing the lines from “Our American Cousin” performed at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. Are you sitting forward, listening with gravity (and nagging fear), knowing that these lines were some of the last words that Abraham Lincoln would ever hear? That thrill is the kind of feeling over 200 Read more about Historic Night Revisited: Henley Street Theater Performance at Monumental Church[…]

Celebrate 200 Years of Monumental Church in Richmond!

Historic Richmond Foundation is hosting a party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Monumental Church, the memorial to the Theater fire victims. According to Richmond Magazine: the “Oct. 2 event hosted by the Historic Richmond Foundation (HRF) is entreating ticket holders to “party like it’s 1814” — the year that Monument Episcopal Church first opened for Read more about Celebrate 200 Years of Monumental Church in Richmond![…]

Potluck with the DC American Association of University Women!

This Saturday I have the honor of joining the DC Chapter of the American Association of University Women for the September Branch meeting. A potluck dinner will be had, and I will give a talk about the Richmond Theater Fire. What is the AAUW, and why is it such an important organization in American women’s Read more about Potluck with the DC American Association of University Women![…]

New May Event: Book Festival on Capitol Hill

I have the honor of again participating in the Literary Hill BookFest! This is its third year, and last year was a fantastic experience. (See some of my photos here.) Well organized, friendly atmosphere, great variety in terms of authors, and interesting attendees who actually bought books? Well, that took the cake. And the setting Read more about New May Event: Book Festival on Capitol Hill[…]

Capitol Hill Bookfest Photos

May 5th was another Literary Hill Bookfest at Eastern Market in Washington DC. Capitol Hill authors came to speak about and sign their books, the DC Library was there providing story time for the little ones, and book vendors had an intriguing spread of reading material. As usual, there were loads of readers who stopped Read more about Capitol Hill Bookfest Photos[…]

View Baker’s Banner Lecture on Video

Did you miss the VHS lecture about the Theater fire on December 6th? Lucky for you, the most recent Banner Lectures delivered at the Virginia Historical Society may be streamed from their website! You can use this link to hear the lecture in full (along with slides). An audio only version of the talk is Read more about View Baker’s Banner Lecture on Video[…]

Court End Christmas–this Sunday, Dec 9th!

Court End Christmas in downtown Richmond is coming soon! December 9th, from 12-5pm. It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit important historic sites…all free, and many featuring special events like choral performances (last year the St. Paul’s choir sang at Monumental, see above), children’s activities, carriage rides, special tours, and other festive events. For more information Read more about Court End Christmas–this Sunday, Dec 9th![…]

VHS Banner Lecture Around the Corner…Dec. 6

Thursday, December 6th at noon I will be delivering a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society. (Previous lecturers include distinguished historians such as Simon Schama, Lorena Walsh, Rhys Isaac, Thomas E. Buckley, S.J. and Ira Berlin.)  There will be a booksigning in the museum shop immediately following the event. The lecture will also be posted on Read more about VHS Banner Lecture Around the Corner…Dec. 6[…]