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Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

In the inaugural program in a 4-part series on the making of the federal city, experts look at the long, complex, and often surprising history of our town in a daylong seminar at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

There is no more magnificent portal to the capital than Washington’s Union Station, but even with a late-’80s facelift its Beaux-Arts beauty needs constant tending. Join representatives of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation at the station to get an inside look at the current restoration project.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s wife endured being caricatured as a shrew, spendthrift, and national embarrassment. Her biographer Jean H. Baker and playwright James Still, author of the upcoming The Widow Lincoln, offer portraits of this often-polarizing figure that contests the conventional wisdom that has encrusted our understanding of a fascinating woman. In cooperation with Ford’s Theatre.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You’ve likely had her work in your hands—and on your cards and letters. Now meet art director Ethel Kessler, who designed more than 300 beautiful stamps for the US Postal Service, including the now-iconic Breast Cancer Awareness stamp.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Do the seductive agents in spy thrillers who deploy their very personal powers of persuasion really exist? In a 4-part series, historians and former intelligence officers share the stories of magnetic and charming spies who used the bedroom as their base of operations.

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The nation’s founders shaped the philosophical and political vision of a newly independent republic. Pierre L’Enfant translated that vision into physical reality. Author Scott W. Berg examines L’Enfant’s work in the artistic and political context of his times, and how his enduring influence is reflected in today’s Washington.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The roots of Mardi Gras, like those of New Orleans itself, are complex, rich, and wonderfully varied. Historian Emily Landau guides you through a lively social history of this pre-Lenten celebration—and offers a king cake tasting, too.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

How did African American people in the Revolutionary era pursue happiness? Historian Richard Bell examines a familiar period from the less-familiar perspective of its enslaved peoples and free persons of color.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Get a taste of the 1920s as you sip some iconic period cocktails (Orange Blossom, anyone?) and hear from two of the co-founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail how determined drinkers thumbed their noses at the killjoys who tried to turn America dry.

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