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Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historian Ed Bearss traces his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In her new book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square, Louisa Lim offers an insider’s account of this defining moment in China’s modern history. Lim reveals how the events of June 4, 1989 changed the nation, and how the nation’s government changed those events by rewriting its own history.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For his newest book, Adam Rogers traveled the globe to meet the innovative brewers, distillers, bartenders, and scientists who are uncovering booze’s deepest mysteries. Learn what he discovered as he presents a distillation of humanity’s alcoholic history—then raise a glass at a tasting.

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

You know Ed Bearss as an indefatigable Civil War tour guide, but that’s just one aspect of this remarkable man. Join director David Currey and Ed at a screening of a new documentary portrait of a man for whom a love of history has always been way of life.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Jerrell's Mill, Anderson's Ford, Beaver Dam Station, and Ground Squirrel Bridge may be among the Civil War’s lesser-known battle sites, but in May 1984, they were some of the locations where Union and Confederate cavalry troops clashed as they made their way to a final confrontation at the Battle of Yellow Tavern. Historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer retrace the campaign.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Family Program: Get ready to soar in a morning of aviation-themed family activities, highlighted by an appearance by author and illustrator Peter Sis, who reads from his newest book, The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Fuel up on a continental breakfast, too.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

In celebration of National Doughnut Day, food historian and writer Michael Krondl serves up an entertaining introduction to the popular pastry’s social history. End the morning on a sweet note with a tasting of varieties from local favorite Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Get a new perspective on the tragic events of April 15, 1865, as Anthony S. Pitch leads a history walk through Civil War-era Washington based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Get a new perspective on the tragic events of April 15, 1865, as Anthony S. Pitch leads a history walk through Civil War-era Washington based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM

More and more commercial, educational, and residential structures are turning often-neglected space into innovative green roofs. Get a close-up look at some area sites that reflect this growing trend when you spend a fascinating day several stories above street level with Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historian Ed Bearss traces his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The human voice communicates, comforts, inspires, and exalts. Singers and music educators Karin Paludan and Doug Bowles use live performances and clips in as they lead a technical and artistic exploration of the voice in all its glory.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The energy and excitement of a new century ushered in defining eras for Europe’s leading capitals. George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative and historical forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus.

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Irish-born scholar Coilin Owens delves into Ulysses to find its rich and fascinating perspectives on Joyce, his writing, and the city he loved.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Curator Gloria Groom of the Art Institute of Chicago presents a new perspective on the Impressionists, revealing how these early avant-garde artists embraced fashion trends as they sought to capture modern life on canvas.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Visit two of the area’s most intriguing and significant private collections—from both the standpoints of art and architecture—when you spend the day exploring Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the Kreeger Museum in Upper Northwest Washington with art historian Ursula Wolfman.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For more than a decade, Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places To See Before You Die has been a doorway to places familiar and far-flung for intrepid vacationers. Get this ultimate travel insider’s recommendations, then begin to assemble your own itinerary.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Tossing and turning? Helene Emsellem, a neurologist, sleep specialist, and director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders, provides plenty of practical tips to make the most of that important third of our life we spend in dreamland—or in many cases, trying to get there.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In evening enlivened by clips and rare recordings, Mark Horowitz, a senior music specialist at the Library of Congress and leading authority on Stephen Sondheim, provides insights into how the composer transformed the sound and the spirit of musical theater.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

At the crossroads of Mediterranean empires since antiquity, Sicily boasts a rich heritage of art and architecture. Art historian Lawrence E. Butler surveys works from some of its most vibrant periods: the Greek and Roman epochs, the Norman kingdom, and the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Paul Rhymer was a third-generation Smithsonian taxidermist, and now he’s a judge on AMC’s Immortalized. Walk with him through the Natural History Museum’s Hall of Mammals, where many of his (and his father’s and grandfather’s) stuffed creations still delight millions.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Willem de Kooning emerged from New York’s gritty and energetic art scene of the 1950s to become one of abstract expressionism’s more controversial and compelling painters. Art historian and author Judith Zilczer explores the boldness that marked his life and work.

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

All aboard for an exciting three-day rail journey through West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery led by railroad historian Joe Nevin

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Get a new perspective on the tragic events of April 15, 1865, as Anthony S. Pitch leads a history walk through Civil War-era Washington based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

In May 1864, a series of bloody conflicts near Virginia’s Spotsylvania Court House interrupted Grant’s advance on the Confederate capital. Civil War historian Ed Bearss covers a number of the area’s battle sites, including the aptly named Bloody Angle, which saw some the war’s most ferocious sustained combat.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

No matter what traditions shape the home cooking you love, Carla Hall knows that comfort food serves the same purpose all over the globe: It makes us feel closer to the things and people we love. Join her as she talks about crafting an international spin on classic recipes in her newest book, Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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