July 10: Tom Reiss, “The Black Count”

  • Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Tom Reiss, author of “The Black Count: Revolution, Betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo”


Generations have been enthralled by Alexandre Dumas’ characters, especially the wronged hero in The Count of Monte Cristo and the daring swordsmen in The Three Musketeers. Yet few realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas’ father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding a bridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress, Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son’s vivid imagination could have dreamed up, and how a jealous Napoleon ruined his reputation.

July 17: Special Event: A Night with Evan Thomas

  • Wednesday, July 17th, 7:00 pm: Special Event: A Night with Evan Thomas, author of “Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike’s White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.
This is the story of how he won.

July 21st: Twilight in the Garden: Cocktails, Tapas & Music

The party of the summer will be on Sunday, July 21st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Come enjoy the food, the music, the ambience of the Museum’s gardens; take part in our raffles; and spend some time luxuriating in the splendor of the season!  This event is always popular and sells out quickly!

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Twilight in the Garden: Cocktails, Tapas & Musis

July 30: Harm de Blij, “Why Geography Matters”

  • Tuesday, July 30th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Harm de Blij, author of “Why Geography Matters

In recent years our world has seen transformations of all kinds: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict in Equatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. Is there some way we can get our minds around these disparate global upheavals, to grasp these events and their interconnections, and place our turbulent world in a more understandable light? Acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one word: geography. He also argues that the US has become geographically illiterate, and that this trend must change.