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Book Talk & Signing on Saturday of Interest to Petworth, Park View History Buffs

October 23, 2014

There is a book talk and signing on Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library that may be of interest to those who like genealogy or neighborhood history. According to  co-author Linda White, part of the story has roots in Park View … and the other co-author, Marietta Crichlow, is a 65 year resident of Petworth who moved there in 1950.

I recall speaking with Linda after a Humanities event at Room and Board a few years ago, and found her very interesting and engaged. If you happen to be in the area of the library you may want to check it out.

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Book Chronicling Life of Gene Allen, White House Butler, Released Today

July 30, 2013
Wil Haygood's book, "The Butler, a Witness to History," is available today.

Wil Haygood’s book, “The Butler, a Witness to History,” is available today.

Today, Wil Haygood’s book, The Butler, a Witness to History, will be released in area bookstores. It chronicles the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who served 8 presidents while working at the White House. Haygood’s Washington Post 2008 article about Allen was also the basis for the movie schedule to be released on August 16th.

If you want a copy of the book and would like to meet the author, Haygood will be at Politics and Prose tonight at 7 p.m.

The following excerpt from the Barnes & Noble Web site sums up the book well:

…. While serving tea and supervising buffets, Allen was also a witness to history as decisions about America’s most momentous events were being made. Here he is at the White House while Kennedy contemplates the Cuban missile crisis; here he is again when Kennedy’s widow returns from that fateful day in Dallas. Here he is when Johnson and his cabinet debate Vietnam, and here he is again when Ronald Reagan is finally forced to get tough on apartheid. Perhaps hitting closest to home was the civil rights legislation that was developed, often with passions flaring, right in front of his eyes even as his own community of neighbors, friends, and family were contending with Jim Crow America. …

Gene Allen passed away in 2010. His Washington residence is located at 710 Otis Place, NW.

Finally, Book Signings for “Park View” on April 23rd and 30th

April 22, 2011

For those of you who have been waiting for a place to purchase the Park View book closer to home it is finally available at the Visitor’s Center for the Lincoln Cottage — just inside the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s Eagle Gate (Upshur Street). It will also be available soon at Sisterspace & Books located at 3717 Georgia Avenue (just north of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro). The Sisterspace book signing is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 3-5 p.m. the Lincoln Cottage event is scheduled for tomorrow and details are below.

Lincoln Cottage Book Signing – Saturday, April 23, 1-3 p.m.

The Park View neighborhood, nestled in the northeastern corner of Washington’s Ward One and bordering the Soldiers’ Home and Howard University, is historically linked to its main thoroughfare and route of Lincoln’s Commute, Georgia Avenue. Featuring President Lincoln’s Cottage, this book gives a wonderful history of the Park View neighborhood.

On Saturday, April 23 from 1-3 p.m., Kent C. Boese & Lauri Hafvenstein will be at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center signing “Images of America: Park View.” Get your copy now by clicking here!


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