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Dolley Madison Talk at Dumbarton House Aug. 13

August 10, 2014

To commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and Washington City's role in this historic event, Dumbarton House is holding a special Collections Conversation : Dolley Madison and the War of 1812 presented by Karen L. Daly, Executive Director, Dumbarton House NSCDA on Wednesday, August 13 at 12:30 pm.

On August 24, 1814, Dolley Madison was forced to flee the White House as British troops advanced upon Washington, D.C. in the War of 1812. Charles Carroll, the owner of Belle Vue, as Dumbarton House was then named, called on her in his carriage. Dolley recalled the events in a letter to her sister Lucy Payne Washington Todd:

"Our kind friend, Mr. Carroll, has come to hasten my departure, and is in a very bad humour with me because I insist on waiting until the large picture of General Washington is secured, and it requires to be unscrewed from the wall. This process was found too tedious for these perilous moments; I have ordered the frame to be broken, and the canvas taken out. It is done! and the precious portrait placed in the hands of two gentlemen from New York, for safekeeping.

And now, dear sister, I must leave this house, or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take. When I shall again write to you, or where I shall be tomorrow, I cannot tell!"

[Dolley Madison Papers, Manuscript Division,The Library of Congress]

Learn more about Dolley Madison's exciting flight from the White House and her stop at Dumbarton House through research by author Anthony Pitch and the collections of Dumbarton House.  The talk will feature items on loan for the exhibition "Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe" on view at Dumbarton House throughout Summer 2014.

Held in the museum's Belle Vue Room, this 30 minutes presentation is  followed by 15 minutes of Q & A, as time allows.

Reservations are not required -- but to be sure they have a seat for you, let them know you're coming.

Parking is free but limited (behind the garden at 27th and Q Streets NW).

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Sale on at Citronelle Restaurant & Latham Hotel

August 3, 2014

Due to the extensive renovation and conversion of historic the Lathm Hotel and Four Star Citronelle Restaurant, Hotel Content Liquidators LLC is offering for sale the hotel furnishings, kitchen equipment and dishware formerly used in the operations of the hotel and restaurant.

Sale has been open to the public since July 23rd and will continue for several more weeks. Still a lot there so check it out. For a peek at Latham and Citronelle items for sale, click here.

Sale hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Sundays.

For additional information, call 202.716.9811

The Latham Hotel and Citronelle Restaurant are located at 3000 M Street in Georgetown

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Dumbarton House to Host First Citizenship Ceremony August 1

July 29, 2014

Dumbarton House will bethe  host site for a citizenship ceremony for twenty-five children on August 1, 2014. This will be the first time Dumbarton House has hosted this type of event, and the museum hopes to make it an annual occurrence. Registration opens at 1pm, and the ceremony begins at 2pm in the North Garden, weather permitting. After the opening remarks from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff, a representative from Dumbarton House will speak. Afterwards, there will be an Honor Guard presentation, and a singing of the National Anthem. There will also be a presentation about each country represented at the ceremony. Finally, children will recite their oath and the Pledge of Allegiance. The museum will be open for tours and refreshments will be provided.

The ceremony will be hosted in conjunction with the Washington, DC region's Star-Spangled Summer War of 1812 bicentennial commemorative programming, and is scheduled for August 1, the birthday of Francis Scott Key.

Key is best known for penning the text used for our national anthem after witnessing the Battle of Baltimore in September of 1814. With this week's ceremony, Dumbarton House seeks to commemorate and continue this legacy of patriotism by celebrating and welcoming our country's newest citizens. For more information on the bicentennial, visit

Dumbarton House is located in Georgetown at 2715 Q Street.  Limited parking and ADA-access is available behind the Museum via 27th Street. Metrorail: Red Line, DuPont Circle.  For additional information, visit Dumbarton House  or call 202.337.2288.

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