2013 August Brown Bag Lecture Series: Hanson, Ozer, Hawkins, diGiacomantonio
Join us this August for a series of four noontime lectures featuring three discussions of art and architectural topics pertaining to the history of the Capitol and one book signing lecture on a new publication that examines the historical origins and significance of the Washington Metro system.
Dates, topics, and speakers are as follows:
Thursday, August 1 (Noon to 1pm, Ketchum Hall, VFW Building, 200 Maryland Ave, NE): “Representations of Daniel Boone in the Art of the United States Capitol,” by Debra Hanson. Art historian and U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship recipient Debra Hanson will present an illustrated lecture on the artistic representations of American frontiersman Daniel Boone in the United States Capitol and what they reveal about the changing interpretations of western expansionism in American history.
Wednesday, August 7 (Noon to 1pm, Ketchum Hall, VFW Building, 200 Maryland Ave, NE): Book Signing Lecture: “Washington Metroland,” by Mark N. Ozer. Washington, D.C. author Mark N. Ozer will discuss and sign copies of his most recent book that tells the story of the Metro system as part of the history of the Washington region. The book examines the origins of the existing and projected Metro lines in the roadways and the rail systems that preceded them and describes each station and the meaning of its name.
Wednesday, August 14 (Noon to 1pm, Room S-115, United States Capitol): “Graphic Origins of the U. S. Capitol Rotunda,” by Don Alexander Hawkins. Washington, D.C. architectural historian and U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship recipient Don Alexander Hawkins will present an illustrated lecture on his research on the evolution of the Capitol design from the L’Enfant plan through the Capitol design competition and the central role of a rotunda in that process.
Wednesday, August 21 (Noon to 1pm, Ketchum Hall, VFW Building, 200 Maryland Ave, NE): “Of Men (and a few Women) and Marble: A Historian Stands at the Intersection of Biography and Art in the National Statuary Hall Collection,” by William C. diGiacomantonio. Associate editor of the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress and newly named associate historian of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, William C. diGiacomantonio will discuss his current research on the statues of the National Statuary Hall Collection.
Each lecture is free and open to the public. Preregistration is recommended, either online or by calling 202-543-8919.