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    National Garden

    Plant curator Bill McLaughlin gave a tour of the National Garden and explained the history and use of some of America’s indigenous plants. George Washington encouraged the creation of a botanic garden in Washington, D.C., that would inspire and educate citizens on plants and their uses. This vision was realized in 1820 when Congress created the U.S. Botanic Garden on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The National Garden features plants of the Mid-Atlantic, including a Rose Garden and Regional Garden.

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    Book Discussion on Dorothea Lange

    Linda Gordon talked about her book Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Company; October 19, 2009). In her book she recalls the life of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) whose photographs of Americans during the Great Depression chronicled the era. Professor Gordon talked about the personal life of Dorothea Lange, the social and political content of her work, and about the content of Dorothea Lange’s photographs as she showed examples of them. Linda Gordon also reflected on the gender issues revealed in her book. She responded to questions from members of the audience.
    This program at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York Graduate Center in New York City was held at 7:00 p.m. on October 21, 2009.

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