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An Evening With John Wesley Powell

  • Date
    February 12, 2013
  • Time 7:30 p.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Subscribers: $20; General Public: $22

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John Wesley Powell in boat
An archival photo of John Wesley Powell

Photograph courtesy National Archives

Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell

Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell

Photograph courtesy Clay Jenkinson

Meet John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran who lost an arm at Shiloh, then made the first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. A founding member of National Geographic who presented the Society’s first lecture on February 13, 1888, this larger-than-life explorer is brought to the stage by Clay Jenkinson, one of the most sought-after humanities scholars in the country. Acclaimed for vivid interpretations of Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as Powell, Jenkinson brings to life the intelligence, courage, and determination of this hero of the American West.

A dessert and wine celebration follows.

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