I spent the evening doing a book talk and signing at the national headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington D.C. The Society is housed in the Anderson House, a stately Gilded Age mansion on Massachusetts Avenue. (I think I spoke in the room pictured on the left–it looks different in the daylight). Founded in 1783, the Society is the oldest patriotic society in the United States. It also has a small research library that offers short term fellowships to researchers.
During my visit I was excited to learn that the library holds the Revolutionary-War diary of Ebenezer Elmer, a friend of Philip Vickers Fithian and one of the famed “Greenwich Tea Burners.” Elmer was apparently one of the early members of the Society of Cincinnati.
Thanks to Ellen Clark, the Society librarian, for her gracious hospitality during my brief visit. I have made some friends here and I hope to return soon.