March 23, 2010 Author Hugh Howard to Discuss "Houses of the Founding Fathers" On April 19 at Library of Congress

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Forty Founding Fathers come to life through the glossy pages of Hugh Howard’s book “The Houses of the Founding Fathers.” Howard features detailed photographs of the 18th-century houses and reveals the patriots’ tastes in architecture, furniture, food and horticulture. At the same time, the story of the American Revolution emerges.

Howard will discuss his book “Houses of the Founding Fathers” at noon on Monday, April 19, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture, sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

In his book, published in 2007, Howard looks at the houses of 40 Founding Fathers—from the legendary to the obscure—and examines the men along with their wives and families in the contexts of their domestic lives. They are brought to life through a blend of storytelling, brief biographies and social history. Photographer Roger Straus III captures the interiors and exteriors of the houses, as well as nearby sites.

Howard has written for many publications including The New York Times, the Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Adirondack Life, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, Preservation and Early American Life. His most recent book “The Painter’s Chair: America’s Old Masters Paint George Washington” examines the early days of American painting and also offers a look—through the painters’ eyes—at President Washington. Howard is currently writing a book about the War of 1812 titled “Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War.”

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and collection development in the Main, Local History and Genealogy, and Microform and Machine Readable Collections reading rooms at the Library of Congress. It regularly sponsors programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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