The National Archives will present an Author Talk & Book Signing with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on May 28.Professor Gates will talk about his book titled Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.
The focus is on the century between the abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War and the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. Professor Gates offers “a profound new rendering of the struggle by African Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that subjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.” Journalist A’Lelia Bundles will moderate the discussion. A book signing will follow the program.
The National Archives will present a discussion titled The Female Candidate for Office: Challenges and Hurdles on June 13."A record number of women serve as U.S. Representatives and Senators but are still only 28 percent of the entire Congress. What factors account for the large gap between men and women serving in Congress?" Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri will moderate a panel discussion with Ann Lewis, former White House Director of Communications; and former member of Congress Connie Morella, and others.
Planet Word -a language arts museum- is scheduled to open in the historic Franklin School building on Franklin Square at 13th & K in D.C. in late 2019. The red brick building was designed by Adolf Cluss in 1869, and has been used for many purposes, including as a public school, a homeless shelter, a place for Alexander Graham Bell to test out his inventions, a teacher’s college and more. Cluss also designed other historic red brick buildings, including the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and the Eastern Market.The Franklin School was one of the first public school buildings in the city, and became a model for age-graded classrooms and curricula.Both the interior and the exterior of the building have historic preservation status. CEO and founder Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading teacher who is married to New York Times opinion columnist Tom Friedman, is creating the new museum.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser selected a firm to spearhead the project in 2015. Planet Word will not have a collection – rather its exhibits will all be experiential or technology-based.Friedman has commented that “Instead of artwork or historic objects, the exhibits will center around “nouns, verbs, adjectives, puns, questions and quotations.” There will be no charge for admission to the $50 million museum.
The Folger Shakespeare Library building, which dates back to 1932, will undergo a major renovation beginning on March 1, 2020 to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who visit the Folger. Construction will conclude in 2022, and the building will reopen. During the multi-year renovation, public access to the building will be restricted, but Folger programs and events will continue at other locations in DC, and around the country. Image below: A rendering of the building after renovation.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting A Monument to Shakespeare, thru January 5, 2020.The exhibition tells how Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily created a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. Capitol as a gift to the American people.