Join us on Friday, November 2nd at 6pm during Where Y’Art?! for a talk by historian, Hugh Howard, on the War of 1812 and the First Family, Mr. and Mrs. Madison. The talk will guide guests through the decisions made, the repercussions, and the human side of this war. A book signing by Mr. Howard of Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s WAR will follow in the Museum Shop.
The talk is included with regular museum admission.
About Hugh Howard
For more than two decades, Hugh has written of the past. One of his first books, The Preservationist's Progress (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is a collection of essays and profiles. It was singled out by The New York Times Book Review, which said of it, "_The Preservationist's Progress_ brings emotion to the literature of historic preservation... . It is an eloquent brief for the integration of fragile cultural artifacts into the modern world." A companion volume, How Old Is This House?, is a primer on determining the age, character, and quality of an older home through an examination of physical, documentary, and stylistic evidence.
In later books, Howard's focus shifts to exploring specific historic buildings – and, in particular, dwellings – as a means of understanding the profound human instinct to create not only shelter but expressive, artistic places to live. The research and writing of Wright for Wright (Rizzoli) provided an opportunity to journey into the life of one of America's favorite geniuses. The book, written in collaboration with photographer Roger Straus III, is an architectural biography of Frank Lloyd Wright, and examines the buildings Wright designed for himself and his family in the context of his own eventful life.
About Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s WAR
August 28, 1814 – Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation's loss. Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him; a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House. The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr. Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future – his country's defeat or victory – in a war he began over the unanimous objections of his political adversaries.
Now in its bicentennial year, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America's wars. To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison-our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of First Lady for all to follow, and would prove perhaps her husband's most indispensable ally.
In this powerful new work, drawing on countless primary sources, acclaimed historian Hugh Howard presents a gripping account of the conflict as James and Dolley Madison experienced it. Mr. and Mrs. Madison's WAR rediscovers a conflict fought on land and sea, from the shores of the Potomac to the Great Lakes, that proved to be a critical turning point in American history.