Park Ranger Speaker Series

The Interior Library is proud to present a series of programs on the background and history of sites of interest in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as subjects highlighting the history of the United States. The forty-five-minute programs, presented by National Park Service Rangers, are held in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.

To register for a future Park Ranger Speaker Series program, please use our contact form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815.

Webinar recordings of recently completed Interior Library programs are available upon request. Please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via the Library's Questions and Comments form for more information.
 


Upcoming Programs

The History of Ford’s Theatre
Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

The theater in which President Lincoln was shot, Ford's Theatre, was about a year and a half old when he was assassinated.  Immediately thereafter, the federal government decided to seize Ford’s Theatre from its owner, John T. Ford. Eventually, the War Department took control of the building, gutting it and turning it into a three-story government office building and Army Medical Museum. In 1933, the building was transferred to the National Park Service, where it served as the location of the Lincoln Museum. A decades long lobbying effort eventually paved the way for the restoration of the theatre and its reopening in 1968. Please join Park Ranger Robert Powell as he discusses the chaotic history of the Washington, DC building that houses Ford’s Theatre.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 


The Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

The Harry S Truman National Historic Site preserves the longtime home of Harry S Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, as well as other properties associated with him in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. President Truman took America from its traditional isolationism into the age of international involvement. Despite the power he wielded as the President, he never forgot where he came from. Visitors can experience the surroundings Truman knew as a young man of modest ambition through his political career and final years as a former president. Please join Park Ranger Doug Richardson for a look back at the career of Harry S Truman and the home that offers intriguing insight into the life of the Truman family away from the public eye.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 

Updated November 2022

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