Past Programs and Events


On Friday, October 7, fifteen participants conducted a guided tour of the "The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander" exhibition at the National Geographic Museum.  Covering more than five millenia of Greek history and culture, the exhibition featured more than 500 artifacts from various national museums in Greece.

On Friday, October 28, Dr. Lucy Maddox offered a presentation on Martha Ogle Forman, entitled "The Good Wife of Rose Hill."  Martha Ogle Forman kept a diary of her life at Rose Hill plantation, on the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland, from the time of her marriage to General Thomas Marsh Forman in 1814 until his death in 1845.  Martha liked measuring, counting, weighing, and keeping lists better than she liked writing, but she diligently kept track of many things in her diary: the work of the household and the farm, her husband’s political (and sporting) life, the great number of visitors the Formans entertained, and the lives of the 40-50 slaves who did the work at Rose Hill—their marriages, births, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the occasions on which they ran away or were sold. Martha, who never had any children, worked alongside the people she called “our family,” or the “servants,” or “our people,” making clothes, churning butter, preserving food, tending the sick.  She also took pride in the extensive gardens that she and the General created.  “The Good Wife of Rose Hill,” still a work in progress, focuses on Martha Forman herself and her efforts to manage the Rose Hill “family” of slaves, to keep a complicated household running, to please a demanding husband, and to be a good hostess to his friends and family, including his two illegitimate families of grandchildren.

On Wednesday, March 8, Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University, offered a lecture entitled, "The Crucible of a Culture: The National Museum of African American History and Culture."