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Parlor Politics: David Rubenstein Interviews Catherine Allgor

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David Rubenstein in conversation with Catherine Allgor

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

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Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein travels the country interviewing leading historians to glean new insights into the American story and encourage a deeper understanding of our society. In his only New England appearance this fall, Mr. Rubenstein will interview MHS President and acclaimed historian Catherine Allgor about her field-changing and award-winning book Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

Learn how Ladies of Washington City in the early 19th century—denied access to official positions—used their ladylike cover to create a social machine that helped transition a failed republican experiment to a flourishing democracy. Discover this history’s relevance to where we are now and gain a deeper understanding of how our political system came to be.


About the speakers

David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chairman of one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms, The Carlyle Group; a television host on both PBS and Bloomberg TV; author of four books; and is passionate about American history.

MHS President Catherine Allgor is a noted historian, non-profit leader, and public history innovator. Her first book, Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (University Press of Virginia, 2000), won the James H. Broussard First Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Book Award. Her political biography, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation (Henry Holt, 2006), was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. In 2012, she published Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity (Westview Press) and The Queen of America: Mary Cutts's Life of Dolley Madison (University of Virginia Press).

Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

Masks are optional during this event.

The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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