Hi Everyone -
Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "The Jefferson Memorial" on Tuesday, March 19th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Department of the Interior Library.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, is America's foremost memorial to our third president. As an original adaptation of Neoclassical architecture, it is a key landmark in the monumental core of Washington, DC. The circular, colonnaded type structure in the classic style was introduced to this country by Jefferson. Architect John Russell Pope used Jefferson's own architectural tastes in the design of the Memorial. His intention was to synthesize Jefferson's contribution as a statesman, architect, President, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, adviser of the Constitution, and founder of the University of Virginia. Despite the many controversies that arose from the site and design selected for the memorial, it was dedicated on April 13, 1943, the 200th anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday.
Please join Park Ranger Paul O’Brian as he takes a look at the Jefferson Memorial on its 70th anniversary. In addition to examining the history of the memorial, he will discuss whether or not Jefferson would have approved of this monumental structure dedicated in his name. Ranger O’Brian will also look at Jefferson’s role in the War of 1812, which was raging in this young nation some 200 years ago.
All that are interested are invited. The DOI Library is located in the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in Washington. Space for the program is limited so please go to the following link or scan the QR code beneath my signature line to register:
https://docs.google.com/a/nbc.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGgtcWo5SGpfN3VNNVFobVNSTThyaXc6MQ#gid=0You may also contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program. For information about future DOI Library Park Ranger Speaker Series programs, we encourage you to visit our Park Ranger Speaker Series website at http://www.doi.gov/library/programs/speaker.cfm.