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Hewlett Lecture

The Society for History in the Federal Government presents:

The Annual Richard G. Hewlett Lecture

and Dinner

707-7th St. NW, Washington, DC

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October 23, 2014

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Featuring Anthony S. Pitch

Historian Anthony S. Pitch delivered the annual Hewlett Lecture on  Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, Washington DC, 6–9 p.m.

The lecture was titled,  “The Joys of Researching A Work of Non-Fiction.

Anthony S. Pitch

Anthony S. Pitch


Author of many works on Washington, DC, area, including The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, and They Have Killed Papa Dead!–The Road to Ford’s Theatre, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, Pitch discussed “The Joys of Researching A Work of Non-Fiction.”  Embracing his works on the War of 1812 and others, Pitch reflected on the creative process with an emphasis on the excitement of discovering historical materials in the Library of Congress.

Described by the Washington Post as a “mesmerizing” speaker,” Pitch has appeared on C-Span TV, the History Channel, National Geographic TV, NPR, PBS, Smithsonian TV, and as guest speaker at many Washington-area events. For more information about Mr. Pitch, visit his website at