Skip to content

Events in the Ballroom

Performing Arts at National Park Seminary – Part Two
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 pm

Music, dance and theater were an integral part of the students’ lives at NPS, as evidenced by coursework, amateur performances, and field trips to star-studded productions. This talk will focus on a few students whose extensive performance activities at the school are well-documented through letters, photographs and publications, and will include a discussion and demonstration of historic acting practice. SOS members free; non-members $5. RSVP to or 301-589-1715.


Sculpture Tour of National Park Seminary
Sunday, May 6, 1:00 pm

Come and tour the grounds of the National Park Seminary Historic District to see the varied sculpture that still graces the campus, and learn about the pieces that once adorned the property but no longer exist. You’ll also hear the fascinating history of this former hotel, girls’ school, and Army hospital.

The tour will start at the gymnasium at 1 pm and last for 2 hours. This special tour is free to SOS members, and open to all others at $5 per person. We appreciate a RSVP to or 301-589-1715.


Movie Night
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm

We’ll be showing the dramatic film Smilin’ Through, starring Norma Shearer, Fredric March and Leslie Howard, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1932. This story of love lost, coincidence and romance was written as a play in 1919 and then presented as a silent film in 1922. In 1924, the play was performed at NPS, with all the roles played by the girl students.


Medical Services at Walter Reed Forest Glen During Vietnam
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm

In this continuing series on Army health care at the Forest Glen Annex of Walter Reed Hospital, the focus will be on 1965 to 1977, especially during the US involvement in the Vietnam War. This era also includes the reorganization of health care services at Forest Glen with the opening of the new hospital on the main campus of Walter Reed.