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Mar
26
Tue
Free Landmark Lecture: The Power of Family @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Children of the Pater Patriae: George Washington’s Step-Grandchildren and the Power of Family, presented by Cassandra Good, Assistant Professor of History, Marymount University

No family better displayed the enduring value of family ancestry in the new republic than the next generation of George Washington’s family. His step-grandchildren, the Custises, may not have shared a last name with the first president, but they readily invoked their family connections as a source of prestige and political legitimacy. Martha Custis Peter and her three siblings all lived and built homes in the DC area, where they positioned themselves as Washington’s heirs. They prominently displayed their Washington lineage with Washington furniture and relics in their houses (and even on their bodies) to bolster their social and political status. Decades into the nineteenth century, they continued to give small gifts of objects associated with Washington to reinforce their membership in the illustrious president’s family. Through these means, Martha and her siblings gained high social standing and access to political leaders. Masking their somewhat aristocratic pretensions behind a screen of affectionate attachment, the Custises paved the way for family to serve as a source of power in America.

Admission is free/pay what you can, with donations welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m., lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Apr
23
Tue
Free Landmark Lecture: A Remarkable Friendship @ Tudor Place HIstoric House & Garden
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Martha Custis Williams Carter, A Remarkable Friendship, presented by Alexandra Deutsch, Vice-President of Collections & Interpretation, Maryland Historical Society

Although the story of Elizabeth Bonaparte’s marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte’s youngest brother has long been celebrated, her end-of-life friendship with Martha Custis Williams Carter, longtime resident of Tudor Place, is rarely noted. Between 1875 and 1879, Bonaparte and Carter formed a unique relationship which is well documented in the pocket-sized diaries Carter maintained.

Filled with remarkable details about Elizabeth Bonaparte’s life, Carter’s diaries proved to be one of the most important sources used by Alexandra Deutsch for her book, A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.

Join us to explore the story of this unique friendship between these highly educated, intuitive, and intriguing women whose lives provide a fascinating window into the nineteenth century.

Alexandra Deutsch is the Vice-President of Collections & Interpretation at the Maryland Historical Society. Her book on Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte is the culmination of her research and presentation of the nationally acclaimed exhibit at MHS-“Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy.” The exhibit is ongoing at the museum in Baltimore.