Upcoming speaking engagements and conversations include an in-person conversation at the Mark Twain House and Museum, in Hartford, on April 26, with urban geographer Donald Polan; a talk at the Chicago Humanities Festival on May 7; and conversations at the Chatham (NY) Public Library, on June 4, and at Ventfort Hall, in Lenox, Massachusetts, on August 2. I participated in a January panel discussion under the auspices of the National Association of Olmsted Parks; had a conversation with Ali Feser of the University of Chicago in February (it can be seen here); and spoke to virtual audiences at Chicago’s Glessner House and the Boston Athenaeum in March and April.

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The radio and television shows where I have been a guest in the past include Oprah, numerous NPR local and national shows, WNYC’s Studio 360, C-SPAN, and the A&E Networks.

I have spoken at a diversity of places including art museums, among them Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the San Antonio Art Museum; the Dallas Art Museum; the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Memorial Gallery of Art of the University of Rochester.

My appearances at presidential sites include stops at the Adams National Historical Park, home of John and Abigail Adams; Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville; the Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library; the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York; George Washington’s Mount Vernon; the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor; and Montpelier, James and Dolley Madison’s Virginia home.

Invitations have come my way from a mix of clubs and groups, such as 92nd Street Y in New York; the Spencertown (NY) Academy Festival of Books; the Somerset Club in Boston; the Institute for Classical Architecture; the Municipal Arts Society, New York; the Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta; Philadelphia’s Union League Club; and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Historical societies and historic sites where I have spoken include the  Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society; Columbia County (NY) Historical Society; the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Edmonston-Alston House in Charleston, South Carolina; the Frelinghuysen-Morris House and Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts; Gracie Mansion in New York; the William Henry Seward Historic House Museum in Auburn, New York; the Green-Meldrim House in Savannah; the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in Hartford, Connecticut; the Lancaster (PA) Historical Society; the Litchfield (CT) Historical Society; Middleton Place and the National Historic Trust’s Drayton Hall, both in Charleston, South Carolina; the South Union Shaker Village in Kentucky; Tudor Place in Georgetown; Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts; several branches of the Society of Architectural Historians; Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Foundation, Carmel, California; and the Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, Kentucky.

I have delivered lectures at various universities and symposia, including the George Washington Symposium at Mount Vernon; the American Association of State of Local History Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference; the Thomas Jefferson Lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society; Friends of Tufts University Library; the University of Virginia; and the Brazos Forum in Waco, Texas; and at libraries, including the Library of Congress; the New York Public Library; the Chatham (NY) Public Library; the Hotchkiss Library (Sharon, CT); the  Princeton (NJ) Public Library; the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago; the Library of Virginia in Richmond; and the Beinecke Rare Book Library, Yale University.