Events

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


2015


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


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. September 13 from 2 - 4:30pm.


Alexandria Book Fair. Dozens of local authors will gather at the first-ever Alexandria Book Fair at Beatley Central Library. Garrett Peck will be there signing copies of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. and other titles. September 27, 1:30pm - 4:00pm. 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 


Culinary Historians of Washington (CHoW). Peck will speak about Prohibition, beer history, and the impact of both on the nation’s capital’s culinary scene. Copies of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. October 11, 2:30pm. 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD


GWU Museum. Peck will speak about his most recent book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. October 12, 12:00pm. 701 21st Street, NW


Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office. Peck will speak about his most recent book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. October 15, 6:00pm. 437-1/2 7th Street, NW


Temperance Tour. After a long hiatus, the Temperance Tour is back! This three-hour walking tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation’s capital visits quirky places that even most Washingtonians rarely see. Happy hour follows! Register on Sosh.com. $27 includes entrance to the Woodrow Wilson House. October 17 at 12:00pm. Copies of Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. Cogswell Temperance Fountain, Pennsylvania Avenue at 7th Street, NW


Friends of Alexandria Library. Peck will give a talk to the Friends about his Alexandria’s first brewer, Andrew Wales. Copies of Capital Beer and other titles will be available for purchase and signing. October 24 at 1:30pm. 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA


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 details to follow. October 31 at 12:00pm. 8th and F Streets, NW


Walt Whitman Comes to Alexandria. Sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology and PBS’s Mercy Street program, Peck will speak about the poet’s decade in the DC area at the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum.  Copies of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. Event is free. November 3 at 7:00pm. 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA


Tenley-Friendship Library. Peck will speak about his new book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. November 4, 7:00pm. 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW


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. Registration details to follow. $20. November 7 from 1 - 3:30pm. The tour starts at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street.


The Road to Abolition. A day-long tour through The Smithsonian Associates that explores a small corner of America that ultimately decided the fate of slavery. Harpers Ferry was the site of John Brown’s Raid in 1859. Three years later (and just twelve miles away), the Battle of Antietam was fought, the bloodiest day in American history, a battle that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation. Register here. November 8 from 8:00am - 6:45pm. The tour departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW


National Press Club Book Fair & Authors’ Night. This annual extravaganza of authors and books is just in time for the holidays. Peck will be signing copies of his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. November 17, 5:30 - 8:00pm. 529 14th Street, NW


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. November 19 at 6:30pm. 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW 


Alexandria: Where DC Brewing Began. Sponsored by The Smithsonian Associates, 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. Registration details to follow. Three dates to choose from: December 5, 13 and 18. The tour starts at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street.


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. December 12, 1:00pm. 3260 R Street, NW


And stay tuned for more exciting fall events, such as the DC Historical Studies Conference, 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 - 6:00pm, 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.


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 at 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


National Archives. The archives are hosting an exhibit, “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History,” through the end of 2015. On this evening, the archives are hosting a fun ticketed costume party to highlight the many fun events that will coincide with the exhibit. Peck will deliver a fifteen minute TED-like talk about Prohibition and its aftermath. Get your ticket here. April 18, 8:00pm - 12:00am. 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, 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


DC Craft Beer Festival. Peck will be working as a beer concierge to help festival goers find good beer and food, and will be signing copies of Capital Beer. Get your tickets here. May 9, 12:00 - 8:00pm. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW


Port City Brewing Company. Kick off Craft Beer Week with a tour and tasting at Alexandria’s beloved brewery. 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. May 12, 7:00pm. 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA.


Upshur Street Books. This new local bookstore will host a Civil War panel featuring three authors: Heather Butt (African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.), Cindy Janke (A Guide to Civil War Washington), and Garrett Peck (Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.). Books will be available for purchase and signing. May 15 at 7:00pm. 827 Upshur 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, 10:35am in the H.L. Mencken Pavilion. A book signing will follow. 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. Register here. $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. Register on Eventbrite. Happy hour follows at Right Proper Brewing, where copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. May 23, 1:00pm. 700 5th Street, NW This tour shows “sold out,” but please sign up for the wait list. There are always openings! 


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. $20 per person. Register here. 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. $35 per person. Register on Eventbrite. 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 hosting 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


Talk of the Hill with Bill Press. Formerly of CNN’s Frontline, Bill Press hosts his own talk weekly “Talk of the Hill” forum at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. He has invited author Garrett Peck to about his latest book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. The event is free, but registration is encouraged if you want a seat. Books will be available for purchase and signing. June 9, 7:00pm. 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE


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. 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 


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. 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” with cocktail raconteurs Bridget Alexander, Ted Haigh and Jim Meehan. July 11, 3:00 - 5:00pm. Buy tickets here. 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office. Peck will speak about his most recent book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. Books will be available for purchase and signing. July 18, 2:30pm. 437-1/2 7th Street, NW


A Vintage Evening: Prohibition and Gin in D.C. Many Washington residents, like Larz and Isabel Anderson - opposed Prohibition. Learn about the capital’s underworld of speakeasies and bootleggers with author Garrett Peck, and sample Green Hat Gin from New Columbia Distillers, the first distillery to open in D.C. since Prohibition. Copies of Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. Register here. $15. Anderson House, July 22, 6:00pm. 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


Dinner Lab at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian Associates is featuring a monthly “dinner lab” with a nationally recognized chef at a beautiful secret location that is only announced the day before. July’s dinner features Seattle chef Daniel Stoller. Author Garrett Peck will give a short talk during the dinner about a location near and dear to his heart (it’s a secret for now). Buy tickets here. July 23, 7:00 - 10:00pm. Location is announced the day before (it is Metro accessible). [It was the Smithsonian Castle.]


Beer Ph.D. DC Beer Week is August 9-16, and Peck is helping organize an educational event at the Woodrow Wilson House. A combination of lecture, trivia, and of course beer will test your beer smarts. $15. Register here. August 12, 5:30 - 8:00pm. 2340 S Street, 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).