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 45-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 click here. For more information about our Park Ranger Speaker Series programs, please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Park Ranger Speaker Series programs will be posted as they are scheduled. Please check this page regularly for changes or updates.
All programs scheduled through 2015 will be held in the John Muir Room, which is located on the ground level of the Main Interior Building.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865, the nation's capital was bedecked in mourning crepe. The last vestiges of resistance, following the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia were coming to a close. By calling for a review of troops from the victorious Union armies along Pennsylvania Avenue, President Andrew Johnson seemingly helped to pull the nation off the mat in order to face the dawn of a new era. Not one, but two days in May of 1865 were required in order to witness the massive parade of troops who held the nation together in its defining moment. As they marched through the capital, they were met by the accolades of the appreciative crowds and reviewing politicians, officials, and prominent citizens, including the new President.
We invite you to join Park Ranger Brad Berger as he examines one of the largest and most memorable events ever staged in Washington, DC, the Grand Review of the Armies. This final parade of the Union armies signaled the return home of fathers, brothers, and sons and the end of the American Civil War.