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Kitty Kelley Hosts Marian Wright Edelman

May 25, 2017

“The aftermath of our unexpected and shocking national political tsunami places a half century of hard earned child investments, policies and programs at risk of complete dismantlement and/or massive cuts. We need your help as we struggle to set our compass on how best to get our children’s little boats to safe harbor in this unprecedented, unpredictable and turbulent national sea."   Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman and Stephen Maitland-Lewis (Photo by: Crystal Rucker) Marian Wright Edelman and Stephen Maitland-Lewis


Founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Marian Wright Edelman was Kitty Kelley’s very special guest Monday evening. Ushering close friends into her elegant Georgetown home and garden (recently featured on the Georgetown Garden Tour), Kelley introduced the lifelong advocate for disadvantaged children.  


Edelman was clear, "The greatest national, military, and economic security issue does not come from any outside enemy but comes from our failure to invest in our children and the next generation."


Highlighting the urgent need for action, Edelman encouraged guests to get involved, support CDF programs, to speak up and speak out about the need to protect children's health care and education. 

Kitty Kelley talking with Dina Curtis (Photo by: Crystal Rucker) Kitty Kelley talking with Dina Curtis

“We will keep planting and nurturing seeds to organize a movement to end immoral, indefensible and costly child poverty in America as the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign approaches in 2018. The Poor People’s Campaign gave birth to CDF’s parent organization, the Washington research Project, in 1968. I know Dr. King would be calling for a campaign to end child poverty in rich America today when wealth and income gaps between rich and poor are at historic levels. That children are the poorest age group in America is morally indefensible and economically costly and a great threat to our future economic and national security. "


Guests were given a copy of Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington. As Kelley explained, “This is more Marian’s book. Marian and I both loved the photographer … Marian was there, knew the photographer, and I’m lucky enough to have done the accompanying essay.”


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Amazon Bookstore Coming to Georgetown

May 9, 2017

Who says we don't read print books anymore?


As reported by Washington Business Journal, Amazon has plans to open a bookstore in Georgetown. "Steven Roth, the chief executive of Vornado Realty Trust, told investors this week that Amazon has leased 10,000 square feet at 3040 M St. NW, a storefront previously occupied by Barneys New York." No date yet for store opening. Nike is next door,  previous site of Barnes & Noble Books.


On the Seattle-based online retail giant’s website are six “coming soon” locations in California, New Jersey, New York and Washington.


Earlier this year, Amazon opened its first D.C.-area store of any kind — a 3,000-square-foot pickup location in the Terrapin Row building in College Park.


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Dr. Christine Ruane on Russian Fashion History May 4

April 25, 2017

Visit Hillwood Museume, Estate & Gardens on May 4, 2017 for a lecture and book signing by Dr. Christine Ruane on the history of Russian fashion.  Her most recent book, The Empire’s New Clothes: A History of the Russian Fashion Industry, 1700-1917, was chosen as one of the Best One Hundred Books of 2009 by the Toronto Globe & Mail, and it has been awarded the 2009 Heldt Prize for best book in Eurasian women’s studies and received an honorable mention for the Zelnik Prize in Russian History in 2010. 

In 1700 Peter the Great decreed that all Russian members of the military and civil bureaucracies and all city residents must give up their traditional dress and wear Western European fashion in its place.

This sartorial revolution had a profound effect on Imperial Russia.  Explore the impact this change in dress had on Russian social relations, economic development, and cultural life with Christine Ruane.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 pm: Mansion and Friends and Fashion open for self-guided touring

6:30-7:30 pm: Lecture

7:30 pm: Book Signing: The Empire’s New Clothes


Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW.

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