Congregation

What is an Inaugural Address All About?

Sunday, January 17, 2021 | 4:30pm

On January 20, when he delivers the 59th inaugural address, Joseph Biden will join a long line of orators inspired by George Washington.  Taking the oath of office is the only constitutionally mandated event of the day, but every president has recognized that an inaugural address is an important part of the national celebration.  This discussion will provide a listener’s guide to the components of inaugural addresses, including the speakers’ invocation of the divine.  Participants will examine excerpts from previous inaugurals and take a behind-the-scenes look at inauguration objects from the collection of the National Museum of American History.

This session is presented by Congregation member Claire Jerry, a Curator of Political History at the National Museum of American History, where she specializes in the rhetoric and material culture of presidential campaigns.

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    • January 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm