Events

Garrett Peck often speaks about history, in addition to leading tours, including the Temperance Tour. Join him at one of these events for his sixth book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.:


2015


Brewing in Washington, Past and Present. Hosted by the DC Humanities Council, Peck will participate in a panel about DC brewing history with Jeff Hancock, Peter Jones and Mike Stein at the Heurich House Museum, with executive director Kim Bender moderating the panel. Read further details here. Signed copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase. April 7 at 6:30pm. 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, NW


The Smithsonian Associates. Peck will give a talk to The Smithsonian Associates about his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. April 9 at 6:45 pm. Register here. $40 for members/$47 for non-members. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW. Participants will also have the opportunity to register for the Walt Whitman in Washington Walking Tour, led by Peck on subsequent days, April 10 and 11 at 1:00pm both days.


Lincoln’s Last Ride. President Lincoln’s Cottage at Soldiers’ Home is commemorating Lincoln’s last commute to his favorite retreat on April 13 - the day before he was assassinated. Peck will be reading a selection from Walt Whitman as the reenactment passes by the Shaw Neighborhood Library around 1:00pm, then attending the ceremony at Lincoln’s Cottage at 3:00pm. April 13 at 1:00pm. 1630 7th Street, NW


One More Page Books. Arlington’s favorite local bookstore will host Peck for a talk about his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C., on the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination. Books will be available for purchase and signing. April 14 from 7:00 - 9:00pm. 2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101, Arlington, VA


Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Join HSW as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination. Walt Whitman’s boyfriend, Peter Doyle, was in Ford’s Theatre and witnessed the event. Author Garrett Peck and Martin Murray, Peter Doyle’s biographer, will participate in a panel about Walt Whitman’s decade in Washington and the origins of DC’s gay community during the Civil War. Signed book copies will be available for purchase. April 18 at 11:00am. Carnegie Library, 801 K Street, NW


Politics & Prose. Washington’s proud independent bookstore will host Peck for a talk about  Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. April 19 at 5:00pm. 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW


Walt Whitman Walking Tour. Join Politics & Prose and author Garrett Peck as he leads a three-hour walking tour of Walt Whitman sites in downtown DC, including the Old Patent Office, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Ford’s Theatre, the Treasury Building, and ending at POV Lounge for a spectacular view of the city. $45 per person. Register here. May 2 at 1:00pm. 8th and F Streets, NW This tour is sold out; however, you can join the wait list. A second tour is being set up for June 27.


Walt Whitman Walking Tour. Join One More Page Books and author Garrett Peck as he leads a three-hour walking tour of Walt Whitman sites in downtown DC, including the Old Patent Office, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Ford’s Theatre, the Treasury Building, and ending at POV Lounge for a spectacular view of the city. Cost and registration TBD. May 3 at 1:00pm. 8th and F Streets, NW


Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Georgetown Library will host Peck in the Peabody Room. He will speak about his new book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. May 9, 1:00pm. 3260 R Street, NW


Gaithersburg Book Festival. This is one of the premier book festivals of the mid-Atlantic, and Peck will be speaking about his most recent book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Saturday, May 16, time TBD. A book signing will follow in the Politics & Prose Pavilion. Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds, 31 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD


Alexandria Brewing Tour. Sponsored by Portner Brewhouse, Peck will lead a walking tour of historic brewery sites in Old Town Alexandria, including the Andrew Wales Brewery and Robert Portner’s Tivoli Brewery. Peck will also have on hand signed copies of Capital Beer. Check back for registration details. $20. May 17 from 1 - 3:30pm. The tour starts at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street.


BicycleSPACE Brewing History Tour. For a second year in a row, BicycleSPACE will host a free Memorial Day cycling/brewing tour of Washington, D.C., led by author Garrett Peck. Details are forthcoming, as is registration. Happy hour follows at Right Proper Brewing, and copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. May 23, 1:00pm. Starting point TBD.


Walt Whitman Walking Tour. Join Washington Walks and author Garrett Peck as he leads a two-hour walking tour of Walt Whitman sites in downtown DC, including the Old Patent Office, Ford’s Theatre, the Treasury Building, and ending at the W Hotel Washington. $15 per person. May 30 at 11:00am. 9th and F Streets, NW


Walt Whitman Walking Tour. Join Upshur Street Books and author Garrett Peck as he leads a three-hour walking tour of Walt Whitman sites in downtown DC, including the Old Patent Office, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Ford’s Theatre, the Treasury Building, and ending at POV Lounge for a spectacular view of the city. $40 per person. Registration details to follow. Books will be available for purchase and signing. May 31 at 1:00pm. 8th and F Streets, NW


Congressional Cemetery. Did you know that Walt Whitman’s boyfriend Peter Doyle is buried in Congressional Cemetery, as well as many of Whitman’s friends? Author Garrett Peck will give a talk about Whitman and the cemetery as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination. Books will be available for purchase and signing. $5 per person suggested donation includes wine and cheese. June 2 at 7:00pm. 1801 E Street, SE


National Archives. The archives are holding an exhibit, “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History,” through the end of 2015. A weekly talk series will at noon will highlight key aspects of Americans’ awkward history with alcohol. Peck will speak about his book Capital Beer and sign copies in the William G. McGowan Theater. June 3, 12:00pm. 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


Walt Whitman Walking Tour. Join Politics & Prose and author Garrett Peck as he leads a three-hour walking tour of Walt Whitman sites in downtown DC, including the Old Patent Office, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Ford’s Theatre, the Treasury Building, and ending at POV Lounge for a spectacular view of the city. $45 per person. Registration TBD. June 27 at 1:00pm. 8th and F Streets, NW


Manassas Museum. Author Garrett Peck will discuss his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. June 28 at 2:00pm. 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA 


Young Informed Professionals. WAMU hosts this monthly gathering of cultural discussion and happy hour. Author Garrett Peck will discuss his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration details to follow. June 30 at 6:00pm. 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW


Morrison House Presents. Author Garrett Peck will discuss his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. July 7 at 6:00pm. Morrison House Hotel, 116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 


Alexandria Brewing Tour. Sponsored by Portner Brewhouse, Peck will lead a walking tour of historic brewery sites in Old Town Alexandria, including the Andrew Wales Brewery and Robert Portner’s Tivoli Brewery. Peck will also have on hand signed copies of Capital Beer. Check back for registration details. $20. July 11 from 10:00am - 12:30. The tour starts at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street.


National Archives. The archives are holding an exhibit, “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History,” through the end of 2015. Peck will moderate a panel, “The Lost Generation: Prohibition and Its Aftermath.” July 11, 3:00 - 5:00pm. 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


Arlington Historical Society. Peck will speak about his most recent book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. September 10, 7:00pm.  Marymount University Library Auditorium, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.


Harpers Ferry: American History in Brilliant Color. A day-long walking tour of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, one of the most historic spots in America, and a dazzling spot to see the leaves turn colors. We’ll explore John Brown’s Raid, Civil War history, the C&O Canal, and hike up for the stunning view atop Maryland Heights (3-mile round trip). October 2015 date TBD. Registration to follow on the Smithsonian Associates website.


And stay tuned for more exciting fall events, such as the DC Historical Studies Conference, the National Press Club Book Fair, the University Club Book Fair, and more.



Past Events - 2015


Prohibition Sedition. The University Club is hosting a speakeasy party, and Peck will be giving a fun, short talk about Prohibition to the assembled “scofflaws.” Signed copies of Prohibition in Washington, D.C. and Capital Beer will be on hand for purchase and signing. January 23, 7:00pm. 1135 16th Street, NW.


Port City Brewing Company. Alexandria’s beloved brewery is offering tours at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm on Super Bowl Sunday. Garrett Peck will help lead the tour and a discussion about Alexandria and DC’s rich brewing traditions. Copies of Capital Beer will be on hand for purchase and signature. February 1, 2:00 - 4:00pm. 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA.


Victorian Society at Falls Church. Peck will speak about his book The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry at the Falls Church Recreation Center. Signed book copies will be available for purchase. February 8, 3:00pm. 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, VA.


Alexandria Brewing Tour. Sponsored by Portner Brewhouse, Peck will lead a walking tour of historic brewery sites in Old Town Alexandria, including the Andrew Wales Brewery and Robert Portner’s Tivoli Brewery. Peck will also have on hand signed copies of Capital Beer. Register here. $20. March 14 from 1 - 3:30pm. The tour starts at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street.


Athenaeum. A double-header! Garrett Peck will give a talk about his new book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C., then lead a short walking tour of Andrew Wales sites (DC’s first brewer) in Old Town from his book, Capital Beer. Signed book copies of both works will be available for purchase. Details here - the event is free. March 22 at 2:00pm. 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA


DC Public Library / Washingtoniana. On this date - the anniversary of the poet’s death in 1892 - Peck will give a talk about Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Signed book copies will be available for purchase. March 26 at 6:30pm. 901 G Street, NW


Capital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour. An all-day guided bus tour of historic DC brewing sites like the Heurich House and modern craft breweries like Atlas Brew Works and Bluejacket. The tour is hosted through the Smithsonian Associates. Register here. March 27, 10:00am - 4:00pm, starting at the Mayflower Hotel. 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW


Friends of Alexandria Library. Peck will give a talk to the Friends about his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. March 28 at 1:30pm. 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA.


Kramerbooks & Afterwards. This fabulous Dupont Circle bookstore - located just a block from the giant Whitman quote carved into the Dupont Metro entrance - will host Garrett Peck for a talk about his book Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Signed book copies will be available for purchase. March 30 at 6:30pm. 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW.


Celebrating the DC Council’s proclamation of the Rickey as our native cocktail in July 2011.

From left: author Garrett Peck; Derek Brown and Angie Salame (The Passenger); Mark Indre and Dana Pellicano (J.W. Marriott Hotel, home of the 1331 Bar and former site of Shoomaker’s where the Rickey was invented).