Course Details

971: Woodley and Its Residents

February 5-8
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

This is a study group that looks at American history from 1776 to 1946 through the lens of a house that still stands atop a ridge overlooking the Federal Capital. Evan Thomas calls Woodley, "the greatest manor in Washington." Walter Isaacson describes it as a "house of great historic resonance ... home to more prominent Americans than any other private house in the country... brought to life by the people—presidents and statesmen, philosophers and financiers, generals and slaves—who lived there." During this February Short, micro and macro history will be joined within the walls of this Federal-style mansion.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Allerton Kilborne
Al Kilborne taught history for 40 years in NYC and DC. Beyond the classroom, he has lectured at Georgetown, the National Archives, local historical societies, and Politics & Prose, where he introduced his book, Woodley and Its Residents. His education (Pomona, New York University, and Oxford) was interrupted by stints in Vietnam and the rodeo.

Reading List:

Woodley and its Residents, Al Kilborne with a foreword by Walter Isaacson. Arcadia Publishing, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-7385-5315-3.