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Photo of Mark TwainHead shot of local actor Dwane StarlinImage of Mark Twain seated

Mark Twain: The American Citizen

A special performance by local actor Dwane Starlin as he embodies the life and spirit of the great American author and humorist Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), drawing from Twain's body of personal papers, letters, and biographies . .  and in celebration of his birthday, November 30, 1835
Photo of colorful closet

The Joyful Closet: Three Rules for Developing Great Style

Learn great tips for cultivating your wardrobe with Ketura Persellin, style consultant and owner of The Joyful Closet. Ketura will talk about three key points to having style.
Tony Browder

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address

DC Public Library presents author, and historian Anthony "Tony" Browder. Join us for the 2016 MLK Week signature event. Mr. Browder will deliver the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address. The lecture will take place in Great Hall of the library.
Tony Browder

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address

DC Public Library presents author, and historian Anthony "Tony" Browder. Join us for the 2016 MLK Week signature event. Mr. Browder will deliver the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address. The lecture will take place in the Special Collections Department on the 3rd Floor of the library.
Christian Addison

The History of the Addison Family

Join us as Christian Addison discusses the history and legacy of his family. Christian is a seventh generation Washingtonian who descended from the Addison family of the Addison plantation in Washington, DC. It's the oldest plantation in the city and the Black Addison branch is the oldest family of record in the city. They helped found the first churches East of the Anacostia River including Allen Chapel and St. John’s C.M.E.
1944: FDR And The Year That Changed History

Author Talk: 1944

Please join us at Tenley Library as author Jay Winik talks about 1944: FDR And The Year That Changed History.   
Local Author Ruben Castaneda

Author Talk with Ruben Castaneda

In the fall of 1989 as crack war violence turned dozens of DC neighborhoods into combat zones, Ruben Castaneda joined The Washington Post to work as a night police reporter. He raced to murder scenes and got to know street cops, detectives, gangsters, and hustlers. He also fed the pathology by buying large volumes of crack. During his first two years in DC, Ruben was an active crack addict who contributed to the pathology he was chronicling.  
Carte de visite detail (center) of Mary Lincoln photographed in 1862 by Matthew Brady.  From the Peabody Room, Collection #95, Mrs. A. T. Brown Album.  U.S. Mint $10 commemorative coin issued in 2010.

Mary Lincoln: She Got a Bad Rap

The Peabody Room (3rd floor) presents Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to USNEWS.com, who will discuss how history has unfairly looked down upon Mary Lincoln.
Portait of John Philip SousaStars and Stripes ForeverHeadshot of actor/performer Dwane Starlin

"Marching Along with John Philip Sousa"

Come and enjoy a one-man show written and performed by local actor Dwane Starlin, drawing from Sousa's body of personal papers, letters, recordings, and biographies and in celebration of Sousa's birthday, November 6, 1854.
CR Gibbs

Lecture: The Underground Railroad in the District of Columbia

In honor of Black History Month, internationally noted lecturer, author and historian C.R. Gibbs will present "The Underground Railroad in the District of Columbia," a lecture in which he highlights the trapdoors, church basements, conductors and stations of the "Liberty Line" that ran through Washington, DC.

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