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Music in the Life of President Lincoln
  • Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Join us for a very special program exploring President Lincoln’s musical tastes. With video clips of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra projected on screen, a distinguished panel will discuss music in the Lincoln White House, the many performances Lincoln attended, and the role music played in his life during the Civil War. Moderated by Robert Aubry Davis, host of Millennium of Music and WETA’s Around Town; panelists include Christian McWhirter, Lincoln Historian and author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War; John Stauffer, Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On; Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, author of Lincoln’s Other White House; and Betty C. Monkman, former White House Chief Curator and author of The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.

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