Here at Spotlight we don't normally feature daytime events during the week, but these in particular piqued our interest enough to share them with you. Fashion, spies and history, all while enjoying your lunch break? Done.

Sneak out of the office to hear the secrets of the Soviet intelligence networks and how they infiltrated the American government during World War II. In "Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government," journalist M. Stanton Evans uses formerly classified records to provide a riveting account of the widespread spy network.

A book signing will follow the program, which will be held at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building (use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at Seventh Street NW). And if you just can't leave your desk, there will be a live webcast on It's like "The Americans" is coming to life!


As the temperatures outside rise, Washington women give thanks that petticoats are no longer en vogue. But that doesn't mean we don't envy some of the amazing silk fabrics and custom-made dress creations that were the styles of yesteryear.

Mary D. Doering, an heirloom clothing collector, began her love of Civil War-era clothing when she was in high school and given a small collection of family heirloom clothing dating from the 19th century. Since then, her collection has grown to more than 1,000 items, spanning the period from 1600 to 1975. Selections from her collection of clothing have been loaned to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Smithsonian and others.

Doering will discuss and showcase "Women's Clothing during the Civil War Era: Dresses, Foundations and Accessories" at the Library of Congress' James Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE) at noon.