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Celebrate 150 Years with First Baptist Church of Georgetown September 15th

September 12, 2012

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Celebrating 150 years of history in Georgetown, The First Baptist Church, Georgetown invites you to join them for their family fun Street Fair this Saturday, September 15, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family including music, children's activities, vendors and more.

First Baptist Church of Georgetown is located at 2624 Dumbarton Street. Tel: 202.965.1899

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Linda Greenan To Retire from Georgetown University

August 30, 2012

Georgetown University's associate vice president for external relations, Linda Greenan is retiring in September. This news was announced last Friday by University President Jack DeGioia.

Linda Greenan (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Linda Greenan

Greenan has been working for the University since 1994, playing a major role in community projects including representing the University before the District government, the City Council, citizen groups, business and professional organizations. Most recently, Greenan served as a key member of the senior leadership team that led the University in the successful passage of their widely publicized and debated campus plan.

Greenan also served on the boards of the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Humanities Council and served as president of the Georgetown Business Association for four years.

A new Office of Community Engagement has been established with Lauralyn Lee to become the associate vice president for community engagement and strategic initiatives. As DeGioia explained in an email thanking Greenan for her service, "This new office, part of the Office of Public Affairs, will coordinate the University’s engagement with the District of Columbia, participate in institutional planning, serve as the primary contact for the Georgetown Community Partnership and assist in the development of the 2017 campus plan."

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On the Road (show) Again

August 6, 2012

As the heat has been rising over Washington, D.C. this summer, Dr. Martin Gammon of Bonhams Auctioneers Georgetown office has been travelling the country to tape the latest season of the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. Dr. Gammon joins several other Bonhams specialists in six cities to bring their expertise to PBS’s Emmy Award- nominated program. Local residents of Boston, Myrtle Beach, and Rapid City, among other locales, were eagerly waiting to receive appraisals of their precious heirlooms from the specialists.

The show’s upcoming 16th season will feature representatives from an array of Bonhams’ 72 departments, such as Dessa Goddard of the Asian Works of Art departments, clock and watch expert Jonathan Snellenburg, gemologist Virginia Salem of Bonhams’ Jewelry department, paintings expert Alan Fausel, and Catherine Williamson and Martin Gammon of the Rare Books and Manuscripts department.

These experts are no strangers to finding treasures.  Last summer Dr. Gammon discovered as 17th Century botanical book by Basilius Besler valued at $250,000-350,000, the most expensive book ever discovered on the US Roadshow.    You can view the original appraisal online:

Finding valuable pieces on the Roadshow holds a special significance to the specialists.  “Although it is hard to inform people that their most precious items may have little to no value, it is incredibly exciting when we find a valuable piece,” notes Gammon. “Usually Roadshow participants have absolutely no idea if their items are worth anything, so their reactions are heartwarming if we give them good news.”

Alan Fausel appraising a Rockwell Kent painting valued at $50,000-$100,000 during a Pittsburgh taping in 2011 (Photo by: PBS) Alan Fausel appraising a Rockwell Kent painting valued at $50,000-$100,000 during a Pittsburgh taping in 2011

“On my most recent trip to the Myrtle Beach Roadshow, a participant showed me an extraordinary letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his mentor in Indiana. The letter was written right after he became the Republican nominee, which tremendously adds to its value. It was an exciting moment when I informed the owner that the letter was worth $30,000 to $50,000.”

Episodes from Antiques Roadshow’s Summer 2012 tour will air in January 2013, but you don’t have to wait that long to watch these specialists at work. Many of Bonhams’ specialists performing appraisals in the local D.C. office have been featured on the Roadshow for years, and paintings expert Alan Fausel has been an appraiser for the show since its inaugural season.

If you would like to have your own items appraised contact Martin Gammon at 202.333.1696. Bonhams is located at 2902 M Street.

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