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Date: January 14, 2009
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Elizabeth Smith Brownstein to Lecture at Montgomery College, February 10
Historian and TV Producer will Discuss Her Book “Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency” at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

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Historian and former television producer Elizabeth Smith Brownstein will give a presentation about President Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday, February 10. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Resource Center, Room 204 of the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, located at 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.

Brownstein will speak about her book “Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency.” This marks the third event in the Lincoln Bicentennial series sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College. The program is underwritten by a generous grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.
 
Brownstein is a graduate of Wellesley College and The London School of Economics and Political Science. She started her career at CBS during Edward R. Murrow era. She produced public affairs programming and cultural documentaries. Among her firsts in television are producing the first nightly primetime series to focus discussion on one issue (Martin Agronsky’s “Evening Edition”) on PBS, and serving as director of research on the Smithsonian Institution’s first presence on primetime television, the Emmy-Award-winning PBS series “Smithsonian World” with host David McCullough.
 
Brownstein's critically acclaimed earlier book, “If This House Could Talk: Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans”, was published in 1999 by Simon & Schuster. Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, Illinois, home was among the 28 homes featured in that book because of its capacity to illuminate a major theme in American history. Her latest book, “Lincoln’s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency,” was published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons.
 
For more information or to request accommodation for a disability at least two weeks in advance of the event, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at 240-567-1385 or by e-mail at francine.jamin@montgomerycollege.edu
 
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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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