Free Book Talks


February 18
1:30 p.m.; Free

Manassas Museum Honors Black History Month
Join Karen Hughes White of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County for a talk on local black history, using historical documents, artifacts, genealogies, oral history and her book "African Americans of Fauquier County."

March 18
1:30 p.m.; Free

Join us for a free book talk with Paula Tarnapol Whitacre on her book "A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time - Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose."


"Paula Whitacre’s scholarship expands our knowledge of the African American experience before, during, and after the Civil War. A fascinating look at Wilbur and Civil War Alexandria, Virginia."—Audrey P. Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum and historical advisor to the PBS series Mercy Street (Audrey P. Davis 2017-02-27)

"Paula Whitacre has created a compelling portrait of a nineteenth-century abolitionist working on the front line of change. Julia Wilbur joins the ranks of tough-minded women who stood firm at the point where idealism meets reality."—Pamela D. Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street (Pamela D. Toler 2017-02-27)

 "In Paula Whitacre’s talented hands, Julia Wilbur’s life bursts from the page. She appears as an adoring aunt, an ardent activist, Harriet Jacobs’s ally, a committed teacher, and, most of all, an eyewitness to the ending of slavery and the beginning of freedom."—Jim Downs, author of Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Jim Downs 2017-02-27)

April 15
1:30 p.m.; Free

Join us for a free book talk with Liza Mundy on her book "Code Girls."

Reviews:  "Irresistible.... We owe Mundy gratitude for rescuing these hidden figures from obscurity. Even more valuable is her challenge to the myth of the eccentric, inspired, solitary male genius, like Alan Turing."―Elaine Showalter, The Washington Post

"Code Girls...finally gives due to the courageous women who worked in the wartime intelligence community."―

"Liza Mundy’s Code Girls reveals one of World War II’s last remaining secrets: the true tale of the young American women who helped shorten the war and saved thousands of lives by breaking the codes of the German and Japanese armed forces. But it’s also a superbly researched and stirringly written social history of a pivotal chapter in the struggle for women’s rights, told through the powerful and poignant stories of the individuals involved. In exploring the vast, obscure, and makeshift offices of wartime Washington where these women performed seemingly impossible deeds, Mundy has discovered a birthplace of modern America."―Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of High Noon

 "Code Girls is a riveting account of the thousands of young coeds who flooded into Washington to help America win World War II. Liza Mundy has written a thrilling page-turner that illuminates the patriotism, rivalry, and sexism of the code-breakers’ world."―Lynn Povich, author of The Good Girls Revolt

April 22, 2018
1:30 p.m.; Free

Join us for a free book talk with Rebecca Boggs Roberts on her book "Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote." 

About the Book: The Great Suffrage Parade was the first civil rights march to use the nation’s capital as a backdrop. Despite sixty years of relentless campaigning by suffrage organizations, by 1913 only six states allowed women to vote. Then Alice Paul came to Washington, D.C. She planned a grand spectacle on Pennsylvania Avenue on the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration—marking the beginning of a more aggressive strategy on the part of the women’s suffrage movement. Groups of women protested and picketed outside the White House, and some were thrown into jail. Newspapers across the nation covered their activities. These tactics finally led to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts narrates the heroic struggle of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party as they worked to earn the vote. 

Rebecca Boggs Roberts has been many things including, but not limited to, journalist, producer, tour guide, forensic anthropologist, event planner, political consultant, jazz singer and radio talk show host. Currently, she is a program coordinator for Smithsonian Associates, where she has made it a personal mission to highlight the history of our capital city. Roberts lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, three sons and a big fat dog. Suffragists in Washington D.C.: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote is her second book.