Virtual Programs in May

April 22, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in May 2021.

Featured Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
The First Ladies Symposium
Thursday, May 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET (drop-ins encouraged)
Free to attend; registration required

The 2021 First Ladies Symposium is a day-long virtual event, hosted by the White House Historical Association in partnership with American University’s First Ladies Initiative. Throughout the day, drop in on multiple morning and afternoon sessions featuring prominent scholars, historians, and professionals as they discuss First Ladies throughout history and their relationship to gender, communications, historic preservation, and more.

Villa Finale
Power of a Story with Deborah Omowale Jarmon
Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. CT
Free to attend; registration required

Power of a Story will mark the sixth year of Villa Finale’s annual parlor lecture series. These intimate talks with poets, politicians, academics, and musicians have become a Villa Finale signature. The first virtual lecture of 2021 features Deborah Omowale Jarmon, a community advocate with a mission to connect the African American community to each other, opportunities, and history. Jarmon’s new position as the CEO/Director of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum provides an opportunity to carry out her mission.

James Madison’s Montpelier
Dolley Madison Legacy Virtual Presentation
Friday, May 7 at 1 p.m. ET
Choose donation amount to purchase ticket; registration required

Dr. Madeline Albright, who served as the first female secretary of state and currently serves as Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Dolley Madison Legacy Event. Dr. Albright will be joined in conversation by David Rubenstein, a philanthropist who has provided gifts for the restoration and preservation of many historical sites, including James Madison's Montpelier. Proceeds from this year's event will support The Montpelier Foundation's mission as the center for constitutional education and preservation of the legacy of Dolley and James Madison.

Glass House
Robert Hobbs on Frank Stella
Thursday, May 20 at 5 p.m. ET
$15 to attend

Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey, on view at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, traces Stella’s singular use of the star. Standing out as a stable and identifiable shape amid a complex tangle of abstract forms, the artist has utilized this shape over his long career. Robert Hobbs, art historian and curator specializing in 20th and 21st century art, discusses Stella’s artistic development and his place in art history by examining the artist’s works from the Aldrich exhibition and the collection of The Glass House.

Other Upcoming Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
History Happy Hour—Eleanor: Her Impact and Influence on the Role of First Lady
Thursday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

History Happy Hour—Lincoln in Private
Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

White House History Live: Grant’s Tomb—The Life and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant
Thursday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free Facebook Livestream event

Drayton Hall
Life in the City—Houses of Rebecca Perry Drayton
Thursday, May 13 at 5 p.m. ET
Donate What You Can; registration required

Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios
Queering Memory and the Alice Austen House & Unrolling the Work of Weaver Loja Saarinen
Friday, May 7 at 3 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

SURSUM: The Elisabet Ney Museum Arises & Monumental Opportunities: Richmond and the Valentine Studio
Friday, May 14 at 3 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Creating Authenticity: A Case Study & Art, History and Authenticity at the Florence Griswold Museum
Friday, May 21 at 3 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

James Madison’s Montpelier
Montpelier Virtual Book Club: Akhil Reed Amar’s The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840
Tuesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Virtual: Reclaiming Black Spaces
Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET
$10 to attend

Touro Synagogue
Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Well-Being Book Discussion by Author Thompson Mayes, Preservationist and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Free to attend; registration required

Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House
Color of Mood: Self-Reflection on a Historic Year
Thursday, May 13 from 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Stitching History: Telling the Stories of the Past and Today
Thursday, May 20 from 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

The Transformative Power of Textiles: Activism, Community, and Healing
Monday, May 24 from 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Occupying White Spaces: Stitching in Color
Thursday, May 27 from 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

President Woodrow Wilson House
Dr. Cathleen Cahill on “Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement”
Tuesday, May 11 from 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

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