Knox Museum will present noted television commentator and author Cokie Roberts, fresh off the Republican and Democratic national conventions, to discuss her latest book, “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868,” as the 2016 Knox Annual Lecture Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Advance general admission tickets are $31, $21 for Knox Museum members, and can be purchased online at knoxmuseum.org until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2; or in The Carriage Shop at Montpelier in Thomaston Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets at the door Aug. 3 will be $36, $26 for Knox Museum members.

Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards and in 2008 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” “Founding Mothers,” “Ladies of Liberty” and, with her husband, the journalist Steven V. Roberts, “From This Day Forward” and “Our Haggadah.” This will be her second Midcoast appearance on behalf of Knox Museum, having sold out her last Knox Lecture in 2008.

In her latest book, Roberts chronicles how the small Southern town of Washington, D.C., found itself caught between warring sides in the battle to determine the future of the United States. Much has been written about the men who led and fought during the Civil War, but Roberts chooses to focus on some of the truly remarkable women who remained in America's capital city during this time, as well as on the fascinating story of how D.C. transformed from a small society town into the center of national power it is today.

Many women who remained in the capital after the outbreak of war found themselves suddenly living in the middle of an immense Union army camp and hospital. With their husbands and sons and fathers removed to the battlefields or halls of Congress, they were called upon to serve as nurses, relief workers and journalists. They worked in munitions factories; ran the presses at the U.S. Treasury that made the money to finance the war; and sewed gunpowder bags for the troops in The Navy Yard. “Capital Dames” tells the story of these Washington women who tasted independence, became increasingly powerful politically and changed not only America’s capital city, but also the role and place of women in America across the board. Author-signed books will be available for sale in the Strand lobby the evening of the lecture. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Seating is general admission, except for reserved seating for lecture sponsors in the first three rows. For more information, call Knox Museum at 354-8062 or visit the website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.