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 and around the country, as well as subjects highlighting the history of the United States. The one hour programs, presented by National Park Service Rangers, are presented virtually via webinar.

To register for a future Park Ranger Speaker Series program, please use our Park Ranger Speaker Series registration form. If the registration form does not work at your location, you may use the Library's contact form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Interior Library by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 208-5815.

Webinar recordings of recently completed Park Ranger Speaker Series programs are available upon request. Please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815, e-mail at or via the Library's comment form for more information.

Upcoming Programs

New Orleans African American Parading Traditions As Resistance
Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

New Orleans is known the world over for its Mardi Gras celebrations and as the birthplace of jazz. Yet the city is also home to a world of African American parading traditions including second lines, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, Black Masking Indians, Baby Dolls, and Skeletons. Since the end of Reconstruction, this street culture, grounded in family and neighborhood ties, and rooted in deep cultural practices, has been a means of self-expression and mutual aid – and of resistance to an oppressive white power structure. Please join New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Ranger Karen Armagost as she shares the political and culture roots and current flowering of these unique New Orleans traditions.

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


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