How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It with M. Nolan Gray

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In this webinar, M. Nolan Gray, the author of Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It, and Toccarra Nicole Thomas, AICP, the Director of Land Use and Development and Executive Director of Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America, will discuss zoning reforms and how to create more equitable and useful places to live.

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Maurizio Valsania discusses “First Among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity”

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George Washington has often been depicted as America at its unflinching best: tall, shrewd, determined, resilient, stalwart, and tremendously effective in action. But this aggressive and muscular version of Washington is largely a nineteenth-century creation. Without diminishing Washington’s extraordinary legacy, Valsania catalogs how later generations projected their own understandings of what made a “great man” onto Washington’s facade and tests these depictions against the material and documentary evidence Washington left behind. The result is the George Washington Prize–winning book for 2023.

2023 Chesapeake Gateways Training – Building, Supporting, and Sharing an Inclusive and Authentic Chesapeake Experience – Closing Session

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Since being founded by the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998, the NPS Chesapeake Gateways Office has engaged network partners and provided technical and financial assistance to Chesapeake Gateways sites and communities that serve as entry points and key guides for experiencing the 41-million-acre Chesapeake watershed. This is an opportunity to reconvene with us in celebration of our 25th anniversary as we look forward to the next 25 years. 

2023 Chesapeake Gateways Training – Building, Supporting, and Sharing an Inclusive and Authentic Chesapeake Experience – Opening Session

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Since being founded by the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998, the NPS Chesapeake Gateways Office has engaged network partners and provided technical and financial assistance to Chesapeake Gateways sites and communities that serve as entry points and key guides for experiencing the 41-million-acre Chesapeake watershed. This is an opportunity to reconvene with us in celebration of our 25th anniversary as we look forward to the next 25 years. 

Beyond Greenways: The Next Step for City Trails and Walking Routes

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If your doorstep were a trailhead, how would you experience your city? Despite the known health benefits of walking, many people don’t have pleasant, safe places to walk because cities haven't created them.

Greenways expert Robert Searns wants to change that. He envisions communities that provide more accessible pathways, wide enough for two people to stroll together, that stitch together urban and suburban areas. He brings this vision to life in his new book, Beyond Greenways: The Next Step for City Trails and Walking Routes.

Finding Your Ancestors in Voluntary Association Records

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How might your ancestors have participated in or received assistance from social organizations and clubs of their era? The depth and breadth of such records at HSP and elsewhere—and their genealogical uses—might surprise you!

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Inside the Vault: The Treaty of Paris

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240 years ago, the United States became independent from England when the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War. Join us for Inside the Vault on September 7, at 7 pm ET, when our curators discuss and examine key parts of the treaty with Dr. Eliga Gould of the University of New Hampshire.

Sunday on Book Breaks: Bancroft Prize-winner John Wood Sweet discusses “The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America”

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Join The Hilder Lehrman Institute in conversation with 2023 Bancroft Prize-winner John Wood Sweet on his book The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America.

One night in the summer of 1793, a crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel—the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer did what virtually no one in US history had done before: she charged a gentleman with rape. The ensuing dramatic trial exposed a predatory sexual underworld, sparked riots in the streets, and ignited a vigorous debate about class privilege and double standards. The ongoing conflict attracted the nation’s top lawyers, including Alexander Hamilton, and shaped the development of American law.

Brave Soldier of Fame: Lafayette in Annapolis, Virtual Lecture by Glenn Campbell

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Lafayette’s time in Annapolis totaled less than a fortnight spread out over five decades, but that was enough for the French nobleman and the city to develop a mutual admiration for one another. The first two times he came to Maryland’s capital in 1777 and 1781, he arrived on a mission; the last two visits in 1784 and 1824 were for pleasure.  Glenn Campbell talks about the long and warm relationship between Annapolis and America’s favorite fighting Frenchman. 

$15