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In 1894, Coxey’s Army knew how to get the attention of Congress (without a gyrocopter)

Guest post by Benjamin Alexander

Apparently Doug Hughes, after writing a letter to each of the 535 members of Congress about the need for more campaign finance reform, didn’t think his missives would get adequate notice if he just dropped them in the nearest mailbox. So, the 61-year-old mailman from Florida set out to deliver them to the Capitol himself—in a gyrocopter. Mr. Hughes may well face some prison time for his breach of Capitol security. It’s a safe bet, though, that every lawmaker in Washington knows that Doug Hughes thinks some campaign finance reform needs to happen.

He’s not the first person to use extraordinary means to get Congress members’ attention. Today, in fact, is the 121st anniversary of another such attempt. The method that Jacob Coxey and Carl Browne employed on May 1, 1894, seems mundane and commonplace now, but it was anything but normal by nineteenth-century sensibilities, and in fact it gave Coxey and Browne far more notoriety in 1894 than Doug Hughes appears to be getting for his stunt.

The Coxeyites set out from the Brightwood Riding Park in Washington on May 1, 1894.

The Coxeyites set out from the Brightwood Riding Park in Washington on May 1, 1894.

It was the second year of the depression of the 1890s, and unemployment was high. Two men—soft-spoken Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey and boisterous, Buffalo Bill-attired California showman Carl Browne—decided in early 1894 to petition Congress for a nationwide road-building program to provide jobs to the unemployed and expand the currency by paying the men with paper money. And, when the conventional methods of lobbying showed no sign of working, the two men devised a novel means of getting their point across: an army of unemployed men would march to Washington and present their plan to the lawmakers on the Capitol steps.

The band known alternately as Coxey’s Army and the Commonweal of Christ set out from Massillon on Easter Sunday, March 25. They walked from town to town, being fed by supportive locals, sleeping in makeshift encampments, and enduring at various times the full range of the natural elements. Aided by state-of-the-art telegraph technology, newspaper readers around the country tracked their progress—first in Ohio, then Pennsylvania, then Maryland—learning the names of several colorful eccentrics, and being entertained by a few flare-ups and reconciliations among them. Readers also followed the adventures of numerous western Coxeyite contingents, including some train heists.

On top of it all, readers knew that, on May 1, there was going to be a showdown at the Capitol over the limits of just how the people could petition the government for a redress of grievances. While the Coxeyites were marching, the Metropolitan Police were drilling, and Army and Marine units were on alert for the occasion. Moreover, officials in the capital had made clear that they had full intention of enforcing the 1882 Capitol Grounds Act prohibiting political processions and the display of political flags and banners on Capitol property—exactly what Coxey and Browne intended to do on the first of May. Secret Service agents were among the marchers, watching for signs of anarchist influence, and in the capital there were rumors of bomb plots.

And the showdown came. Led by Coxey’s 17-year-old daughter Mamie on a white stallion as the Goddess of Peace, about 600 men marched down Fourteenth Street, then along Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. Thousands of spectators, as well as hundreds of uniformed men of the law, watched the procession all the way along the route. When the Commonweal reached the Capitol grounds, a melee ensued. Some spectators who got too close to the police were hit with billy clubs. Browne, after attempting to elude the police, was wrestled to the ground, pummeled, and arrested, along with a leader from Philadelphia, Christopher Columbus Jones. Coxey, though not arrested that day, was blocked from ascending the Capitol steps to read his speech and was sentenced along with Browne and Jones to a month in jail for violating the Capitol Grounds Act.

While Coxey’s Good Roads bill did not receive serious debate on the floor of Congress, the treatment of the petitioners in boots did. Populist lawmakers were most vocal in their objections to the actions of the police. “[T]he rough hand that was laid upon Mr. Coxey,” Senator William V. Allen of Nebraska declared on the Senate floor, “was laid upon the rights of seventy millions of American citizens.” Allen also questioned whether Coxey was any less worthy of access to the Capitol steps than all the suited men who enjoyed easy entrance to lobby for the moneyed corporate interests. Others disagreed. Senator John Sherman of Coxey’s own state opined that the 1882 law and its application here were fully necessary and proper to protect the institutions of government from being overrun by mobs.

Indeed, Coxey and Browne did not prevail that year. Twenty years later, following a much smaller and less remembered 1914 march of a second “Coxey’s Army,” Coxey was permitted to ascend the steps and speak unhindered. And on May 1, 1944, a decade after the New Deal administration of FDR had indeed put the unemployed to work building roads (among many other types of job), Coxey read his original speech on the Capitol steps, again unmolested by police. Not until 1972, in a case involving an anti-Vietnam War protest, did the Supreme Court rule the 1882 Capitol Grounds Act unconstitutional.

There’s yet another link between the Doug Hughes escapade and the Coxey saga. Carl Browne, Coxey’s second-in-command, had quite a varied career of his own, most of the time as a political activist—a full-blown socialist in his last years—but also as an inventor. He was among the enterprising few at the start of the twentieth century who sought to make the dream of aircraft a reality, and in 1913, the year before his death, he actually patented a contraption called the octoplane. So, while it would be too much to say that Hughes landed on the Capitol grounds with technology that Browne pioneered, Browne was certainly one of the first to try.

Hughes probably won’t be able to convince a court that he had a protected right to fly onto Capitol grounds with his gyrocopter, but he’s certainly part of a tried and true tradition of using creative and unconventional means to get a point across to Congress.

alexanderBenjamin F. Alexander teaches American history at the New York City College of Technology and is the author of Coxey’s Army: Popular Protest in the Gilded Age.





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Picture this: Washington and Baltimore Art Deco

strinerThe bold lines and decorative details of Art Deco have stood the test of time since one of its first appearances in the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925. The style reflected the confidence of the age—streamlined, chrome-clad, glossy black. Along with simple elegance, sharp lines, and cosmopolitan aspirations, Art Deco also carried surprises, juxtaposing designs growing out of speed (race cars and airplanes) with ancient Egyptian and Mexican details, visual references to Russian ballet, and allusions to Asian art.

Melissa Blair, coauthor with Rick Striner of Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities, speaks on Wednesday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Baltimore’s Pikesville Library about the legacy of this exuberant architectural style in two quite different cities: the white-collar New Deal capital and the blue-collar industrial port city. Visit the library website for more information about the talk—and enjoy this  selection of images from the very handsome book.

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Politics in the nation’s capital: Meet us in DC at APSA

By Brendan Coyne

JHUPBooksinPoliticalScience2014-2015As people across the world grapple with such issues as the Islamic State and continued hostilities between Palestinians and the Israeli state to institutionalized discrimination and militarized police to climate change and unstable governments, the world’s largest collection of political scientists meets this week in Washington, D.C. We’re happy to be here supporting the vital scholarship done by members of the American Political Science Association and showcasing the books and journals we publish in support of the field’s many disciplines. Here’s a handful of highlights of what’s new in political science at America’s oldest university press. Come on over to booth #501 to see everything we’re exhibiting this year. All books are 30% off using code HEZE.

jod25 years of taking the temperature of democracy around the world: the Journal of Democracy celebrates its silver anniversary. Cited in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Democracy is an influential international forum for scholarly analysis and competing democratic viewpoints. Its articles have been widely reprinted in many languages and the books that come out of the Journal are used in classrooms, government and NGO offices, and think tanks around the world.

Layout 1Entropy and international relations. Called “the most original and thought-provoking forecast of future world politics to be published in recent years” by G. John Ikenberry, Randall L. Schweller’s new book, Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple, tackles the question: What will follow the American century? Looking through the lens of entropy, the answers Schweller finds are unsettling.

bertiFrom bullets to ballots. Huffington Post named Armed Political Organizations, by Benedetta Berti, on of the best political science books of 2013, and it’s no wonder why. Berti’s examination of how and why some violent actors stop shooting and start voting is based on an innovative framework that advances our understanding of the integration of insurgents into the political process. With the latest battle between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza on hold, smart leaders on all side would be well advised to look to Berti’s work for insight on moving forward.

wailooPain is political. Pain, historian and public affairs scholar Keith Wailoo‘s latest book, takes us on a tour of the modern history of the politics behind pain relief in America. If this isn’t a subject you’ve given a lot of thought to previously this book will be an eye-opener, as Wailoo explains how the intricate and at-times contradictory-seeming maneuvering of groups from war veterans to the American Medical Association has played out historically and politically. But don’t take our word for it, take Harvard University’s Arthur Kleinman’s instead: “No other work I know of sustains such a macro-analysis while attending to pain’s medical, moral, and media significances. And reading it hurts not—and for policy makers might even be therapeutic! Bravo!”

hudsonsketch1.inddOld age policy in America. Now in its third edition, Robert Hudson’s The New Politics of Old Age Policy not only explains the politics behind the country’s age-based programs and describes how those programs work but also assesses how well—or poorly—they meet the growing and changing needs of older Americans. Featuring new chapters focusing on financial security and retirement in the context of the Great Recession, diversity and inequality in aging populations, and implications of the Affordable Care Act, this book is a vital tool for understanding the politics of aging in America.

6x9Game theory and coup dynamics. In Seizing Power, Naunihal Singh provides the first book-length analysis of why some coups work and others fail.  Called “the best piece of social science research on military coups so far” by Stathis Kalyvas of Yale, this volume uses coordination game to understand coups and show that, above all else, military dynamics are the most accurate predictors of any given coup’s success.

baillardDigital media and democracy. The free flow of information online is supposed to enable people to be more active and knowledgeable participants in democratic governance. But as Catie Snow Bailard shows in Democracy’s Double-Edged Sword, access to information does not necessarily ensure that democracy will automatically flourish. Democratization specialists especially will appreciate the two new theories on which Bailard’s work rests, mirror-holding and window-opening.

 Brendan Coyne is associate sales manager at the Johns Hopkins University Press and will be representing JHUP at the APSA meeting in Washington from August 28 to 31.


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Enjoying Nature During the D.C. Summer: Go Early, Go Often

by Howard Youth

The nation’s capital wears its thick cloak of green this time of year. The towering trees, the flourishing vines, the humidity. Tourists feel they’ve stumbled into a tropical city. But, no, it’s just Washington, D.C. in summer. A very exciting time and place for the naturalist. So, drink a lot of water, accept the sweat, and head out early to the city’s wonderful natural areas. You’ll be richly rewarded.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

In 1976, at the age of ten, I developed an interest in reptiles. Two years later, herons grabbed my attention. These alluring birds drew me into birding, a passion I keep to this day. In Washington, D.C. at this time of year, if you are up early and near the Potomac or Anacostia rivers, you are bound to see a heron of some stripe. When you watch one stalk the shoreline in search of frogs or small fish, it’s easy to agree with the many paleontologists who believe birds evolved from trim, predatory dinosaurs. One of the best heron-watching sites is Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Walk the boardwalk into the restored tidal marsh there, or stroll along the lily and lotus ponds. By July, herons dispersing from bay or coastal breeding areas augment the small number of herons present in the area through the breeding season. At Kenilworth, you will likely see the small green heron, the large, grumpy-sounding great blue heron, and the great egret. But others show up, especially in July and August, and these might include little blue heron, black-crowned and sometimes yellow-crowned night-herons.

From July into August, spotted immature black-crowned night-herons loiter around the National Zoo’s Bird House, having just left their nests in the trees. The zoo’s night-heron colony is just one example of how zoos around the world not only exhibit, but also attract, wild creatures. The zoo is open very early for walkers, joggers, and nature buffs. If you walk from the Connecticut Avenue entrance down to the bottom of the hill and back, you not only get a great workout, but you also have the chance to see wild gray catbirds, eastern chipmunks, woodpeckers, wood ducks, cardinals, white-tailed deer, and of course gray squirrels, including black-coated ones that descended from black phase gray squirrels released at the zoo last century. These black squirrels hailed from Ontario. In many parts of that Canadian province, most gray squirrels are black.

Summer in Washington means noticing those small creatures you might have missed in other months. Even if you close your eyes, you can’t ignore the city’s summer wildlife. Listen to the growing crescendo of buzzing annual cicadas, invisible but seemingly everywhere, or the chittering of chimney swifts catching insects high over the city streets. With the abundant heat and humidity, dragonflies and damselflies flourish, snapping up mosquitoes and other small flying insects. At dusk, you might see bats doing the same thing.

Sun-drenched stumps and rock walls may be adorned with five-lined skinks, small and shiny lizards. The females and young sport black stripes running down their backs and flashy blue tails. Males are gold with red heads. Green frogs and bullfrogs, snapping and painted turtles, and maybe even a snake or two will cross your path. Likely snakes include common garter snakes and black rat snakes. The northern copperhead, the only poisonous species in the area, is rare in the city and unlikely to be seen.

While spring in Washington boasts tree and shrub blooms—yoshino and kwanza cherries, dogwoods, mountain laurels, redbuds, azaleas—summer has colors all its own. Day lilies, herbs, meadow flowers such as asters and butterfly weed, and of course, ornamental crape-myrtles: these are plants you see coloring the view at the landscape level. If you don’t want to miss anything, remember that when it comes to appreciating nature, it pays to stop and look around at the small things. The unheralded jewelweed grows in clumps along waterways and moist woodland edges. Its tiny but spectacular blooms draw hummingbirds. The white and red clover and dandelions growing in the lawn attract many pollinating insects, and cottontail rabbits as well.

Growing up in the area, I spent many hours exploring the C&O Canal. If I imagine the tow path, it’s usually a still summer morning, with a bit of mist rising from the water, a dense overhang of American sycamore, tulip tree, and mighty oaks. Another persistent memory: Walking across the entrance bridge to Roosevelt Island, blue-backed barn swallows drifting over the water with a backdrop of tangled vegetation, a mix of vines, shrubs, and trees that made it easy for me to fall in love with tropical places. For if you spend July and August in Washington, D.C. you feel that the heat, and the bounty, of equatorial realms moved north for a spell.

youthHoward Youth is the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C., published by Johns Hopkins Press.

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Shall we take the ferry to Nantucket to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library?

Guest post by Stephen H. Grant 

North and west facades of the Folger Shakespeare Library the year before it opened (Folger Shakespeare Library).

North and west facades of the Folger Shakespeare Library the year before it opened (Folger Shakespeare Library).

It was not a foregone conclusion that the Folger Shakespeare Library be built two blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Hidden away among Folger papers as I scoured in the library’s underground vault during the research phase of Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger, I found a small undated note with ten possible sites for the Folger in alphabetical order written in co-founder Henry Folger’s meticulous clerk’s hand.

Nantucket was included because the Massachusetts island off Cape Cod had been home to the Folger tribe since surveyor and court clerk Peter Foulger arrived from Norwich, England, in the 1660s. In Moby Dick, Herman Melville wrote of “Folgers and harpooners,” as Henry’s grandfather, master blacksmith Samuel, fashioned cutting-in spades for the whaling trade. Henry’s Uncle James, after leaving Nantucket to seek his fortune in California during the Gold Rush, founded Folgers Coffee. Ever the businessman, oilman Henry calculated that a plot of land on Nantucket would cost $25,000.

Brooklynite Henry Folger eyed the lavish home at 1015 Fifth Avenue, which was owned by Jay Gould’s granddaughter, as well as the one next door belonging to socialite Edith Clark. These Manhattan properties each required an outlay of $550,000, Folger figured. Exerting the most pressure was Stratford-upon-Avon; if successful, this faraway lobby would have meant repatriating to British soil the Shakespeare treasures acquired largely at auctions in England. Folger also declared, “I have been importuned by several Colleges and Universities to locate my library of Shakespeareana with them, but I have never felt disposed to consider the suggestions.”

Diagram in Henry Folger’s hand of four possible library sites on Capitol Hill (Folger Shakespeare Library).

Diagram in Henry Folger’s hand of four possible library sites on Capitol Hill (Folger Shakespeare Library).

“I finally concluded I would give it to Washington; for I am a patriot,” Folger affirmed. Before WWI, Washington was a sleepy southern town. Contributing to the literary and cultural enhancement of the political capital appealed to the Folgers. Perhaps without fully realizing the extent of their gift, the Folgers, in their quiet way, were responsible for an uptick in America’s reputation and prestige: the moment of arrival for the young country on the world scene as Europe’s equal, and, in some respects, superior.

Secrecy was a practice Folger applied to his real estate acquisitions as well as to his book buying. In 1918 he wrote to a land speculator known for his clandestine purchases asking him to “inquire very cautiously” about four locations on Capitol Hill. One, noted on city maps as “future gov’t building,” would become twenty years later the Supreme Court; that was a non-starter. A second became the Lutheran Church of the Reformation across 2nd Street NE from the Court on East Capitol Street. A third eventually became the Madison building of the Library of Congress. The Folgers decided on one of the most opulent blocks on the Hill: an assemblage of fourteen redbrick Italianate rowhouses known as Grant’s Row (no relation to the author). It cost Folger $317,000 and took him more than eight years to buy the properties on the 200 block of East Capitol Street SE. Henry Folger’s name appeared on no document related to the transaction: as a result, virtually no one knew he had become the owner.

In mid-January 1928, the Folgers read with horror a Washington Post article that a bill pending in Congress had identified Grant’s Row and the lot to the south for a Library of Congress annex. With trepidation, Henry wrote Herbert Putnam, the Librarian of Congress, “Should I give up the thought of making Washington the choice for a location [of my Shakespeare library]?” Without hesitation, an elated Dr. Putnam agreed to have the bill modified so that the annex would spare the Folgers’ property but occupy the remaining portion of the two lots. A wise Congress recognized the numerous benefits of having a private specialized library across the street from a public general library.

Grant’s Row, the fourteen redbrick rowhouses built by Albert Grant and which were demolished (Library of Congress)

Grant’s Row, the fourteen redbrick rowhouses built by Albert Grant and which were demolished (Library of Congress).

The Folgers would endow the library, build a decorative façade on its north side, and “dedicate this remarkable collection to the culture of the American public.” Both House and Senate passed the modified legislation unanimously. President Coolidge signed the bill (Public Law 70-453) into law on May 21, 1928.

It is especially appropriate in 2014—the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday—to celebrate the world-class Folger Shakespeare Library and its founders, who eighty-two years ago defined the purpose of the research library: to “give generations to come a better working knowledge and understanding of the literary works of the seventeenth century.”

grant.collectingStephen H. Grant is the author of Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folgerpublished by Johns Hopkins. He is a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and the author of Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal.

Meet Steve at Washington’s Politics and Prose Bookstore during his book talk and signing on July 26 at 6:00 p.m.





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Fifty Years a Museum

Guest Post by Robert C. Post

This year, 2014, marks the golden anniversary of the National Museum of American History, a familiar presence that has changed somewhat since 1964. After 9/11, the driveway curving in from Constitution Avenue was blockaded; a cabbie can no longer drive you up to the door. Also, the museum has a different name than when it opened. The original name, the Museum of History and Technology, was changed in 1980, and for good reason—to help people understand that technology is a central component of our history, not distinct. But the building itself looks the same as in 1964, very “modern,” even with its tall slats intended to mirror the colonnade of the neoclassical Commerce Department across the street.


The MAH is not very old, not as museums go. To the west, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is still under construction. Designed to evoke the art of an ancient West African kingdom, the NMAAHC reminds us that several of the Smithsonian’s museums are newer and more architecturally innovative than MAH. Long forgotten is the hurtful MAH review by the New York Times architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable, although we may still recall her brave battle for New York’s Penn Station, which was being reduced to rubble even as the museum was getting its finishing touches. There was a special irony, for Penn Station had been a triumph of McKim, Mead, and White, once the grandest of American architectural firms. The “awkward attempt to marry the classical and the modern” in Washington was its final commission, and good riddance!, thought Huxtable.

But inside the museum! The exhibits pleased everyone, even Huxtable. More than anything, the designers wanted to dispel the image of “a Nation’s Attic” and capture the buoyant spirit of a World’s Fair. Visitors flocked to the new museum, more than five million the first year—said to have been the most ever recorded for any museum anywhere. They were not disappointed. The centerpiece was a Foucault pendulum swinging from 52 feet above the ground which demonstrated the rotation of the earth. A circle of wooden pegs fell, one by one, when they were struck by the bob. Dramatic, spellbinding, the pendulum became the museum’s signature, like the elephant in the Natural History Museum or, later, the Milestones of Flight exhibit in the Air and Space Museum. The pendulum, here was the place for groups that had scattered to plan a rendezvous, or for parents and children to sit quietly, wait for a peg to topple, and then cheer. David Shayt, a poet among the curators, called it “a unifying experience across time and generation.”

Now, the pendulum is gone. Or, rather, it is on display as a “relic” in an exhibit opening May 16, “Making a Modern Museum,” that marks the MAH’s fiftieth anniversary. The pendulum does not swing back and forth, nor will it ever. A few years ago the museum got a makeover, and the central space where the pendulum had swung was transformed. Now there is an atrium. The atrium is bright, but somehow seems bleak, say critics who declare that no other museum space in Washington is harder to distinguish from a shopping mall or airport. Presently one of the first Ford Mustangs, manufactured in 1964, is placed in exactly the spot once occupied by the circle of pegs. Can it replace the pendulum? Will visitors say to one another, “Meet you at the Mustang”? Maybe.

The initial controversy over the museum’s design has long since subsided. The marriage of classical and modern has become a pleasurable artifact of the 1960s. Awkward though it may have seemed at first, it is now just a reminder of the museum’s “yeasty” history. Yeasty is the expression that the distinguished museologist Harold Skramstad used to describe that MAH in a video produced for the anniversary exhibit by the History Channel. Watch it and see if you don’t agree.


postRobert C. Post received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1973, and then was employed by the Smithsonian for twenty-three years, as a technician, historian, and exhibit curator. Exhibits are the subject of his latest book from Johns Hopkins University Press, Who Owns America’s Past? The Smithsonian and the Problem of History, which one reviewer called “part history, part memoir, part polemic.” While at the Museum of American History, Post was editor of the Society for the History of Technology’s quarterly journal, Technology and Culture, also published by Johns Hopkins, and in 2001 he received the society’s highest honor, the Leonardo da Vinci Medal.

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May means History of Medicine, the Natural World of DC (via Ottawa), and more on the Press Calendar

Was it the Bard or a 2014 Weather Channel presenter who warned of “rough winds that shake the darling buds” this month? Perhaps the same astute observer might describe the JHU Press calendar as “full of spirit as the month of May.” No matter,  Shakespeare certainly remains top of mind this month as Steve Grant continues his whirlwind promotional activities for Collecting Shakespeare, his fascinating book about the Folger Library. Rough winds will surely help Chicago welcome the American Association for the History of Medicine this month, and JHUP author Margaret Humphreys breezes into that city’s acclaimed Abraham Lincoln Bookshop for one of their popular “virtual book signings” and a discussion of Marrow of Tragedy. Even further north, double-takes can be expected and forgiven for the book signing in Ottawa (Canada!) for Howard Youth’s Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, DC. Turns out there is plenty of interest in D.C. in the Canadian capital—Howard will speak to the staff of the American Embassy, then sign books for friends and colleagues across the street at Chapters Rideau. So, Bienvenue, Mai! Please help spread the word about this month’s events.

Events in May with Stephen H. Grant
Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger

Collecting_Shakespeare 4 May 2014, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Literary Hill BookFest, Eastern Market
Washington, D.C.
Information: 202-546-3735

12 May 2014, 6:30pm
Shakespeare Guild, National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY
Information: 212-475-3424

13 May 2014, 2:00 pm
The Glen Cove Public Library
Glen Cove, NY
Information: 516-676-2130

14 May 2014, 7:00 pm
North Shore Historical Museum
Glen Cove, NY
Information: 516-582-0219

Cut_These_Words6 May 2014, 12:30 pm
Hopkins Club Lunch & Lecture – Michael Wolfe
Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs
Johns Hopkins Club, JHU’s Homewood Campus
Baltimore, MD
Admission: $20; members contact the Club to make reservations; non-members contact Jack Holmes at 410-516-6928.

6 May 2014, 2:30 – 6:30 pm
Book Signing – Howard Youth
Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.
Chapters Rideau
47 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Admission: Free; call 613- 241-0073.



8-11 May 2014
Exhibit American Association for the History of Medicine
Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
Information: Visit the AAHM website.

Marrow_of_Tragedy10 May 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Virtual Book Signing – Margaret Humphreys
Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of
the American Civil War

Abraham Lincoln Bookshop
357 West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL

Margaret Humphreys visits Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Bookshop for one of their popular “virtual” book signings, an in-store and on-line event that connects authors to readers around the world. Admission: Free. For information, visit the store schedule online or call 312-944-3085.

13 May 2014, 12:00 pm
Book Talk & Signing – Marian Moser Jones
The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal
National Archives Noontime Presents
Washington, D.C.

Admission: Free; visit the Archives online for more information.

Leading_the_Way15 May 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Book Talk & Signing  Neil A. Grauer
Leading the Way: A History of Johns Hopkins Medicine
The Kaleidoscope Program
Roland Park Country School
Baltimore, MD

Admission: $35; call 410-323-5500 to register.

Amish_Quilts16 May 2014
Gallery Talk & Signing – Janneken Smucker
Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
Penn Dry Good Market
Pennsburg, PA
Admission: Free; 215-679-3103


16-17 May 2014
Special Event – Marian Moser Jones
The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal
Tiffany Circle Summit
American Red Cross National Headquarters
Washington, D.C.

Information: 800-733-2767

19 May 2014, 7:00 pm
Book Talk & Signing – Duane Stoltzfus
Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites during the Great War
Forest Hills Mennonite Church
Leola, PA

Information: Visit the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society online, or call 717-393-9745.

21 – 24 May 2014
Latin American Studies Association
Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
Information: Visit the LASA website.

22 May 2014, 5:00 pm
Book Talk & Signing – Phillip K. Peterson, M.D
Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head: Ten Commonsense Rules
for Making Better Decisions about Medical Care

JHU Twin Cities Alumni Community and Columbia Alumni Association of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Information: Visit the JHU Alumni Association online.



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