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 Lincoln Memorial in Pop Culture
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

From Wonder Woman 1984 to Batman comics, perhaps no national memorial has been featured more widely in popular culture and entertainment than the Lincoln Memorial.  Often, it’s simply a place where characters go to work through something. That’s the case for Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2, and for Lisa Simpson when she visits the nation’s capital in an episode of The Simpsons. In the 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire, the memorial’s steps are the backdrop for sunset ice cream and flirting between Clint Eastwood and Rene Russo. Please join the Chief of Communications for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, Mike Litterst, for a look at some of the best-known examples of the Lincoln Memorial’s utilization across the mediums of film, television, comics and more. Ranger Litterst will also examine how these uses have helped shape the cultural meaning of the Lincoln Memorial over the past 100 years. 

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 Mosaic of Equality
Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Alice Paul once said that women's equality movement is "sort of a mosaic." Everyone adds their own stone to the developing work. But Alice and other leaders of the movement didn't always appreciate the contributions of Black, Indigenous, Latina, Asian, and other women of color in the ongoing struggle for equality. Even after the passage of the 19th Amendment, women of color were often kept from the polls through a variety of tactics. They faced racial and ethnic discrimination and were often discouraged from voting via violence. Join Park Ranger Susan Philpott from the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument for a discussion about women who have challenged discrimination based on race and sex, which sometimes meant pushing white women's rights leaders to recognize and value their perspectives.

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 June 2022

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