NLAPW Honors First Cherry Blossom Director

Combing Centennial Cherry Blossom Festival activities with the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) 2012 biennial convention, League members honor the legacy of their member and first Cherry Blossom Festival director Elise Marsteller Mulliken.

Washington, DC, April 06, 2012 --( Well-known for their nation-wide creative arts activities, the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) challenge participants during the centennial Cherry Blossom Festival to ‘branch out’ – attend events that expand their exposure to 21st century art, author readings and music concerts. Held April 19th -21st at L’Enfant Plaza Hotel this event in addition to honoring the legacy of League member and first Cherry Blossom Festival director Elise Marsteller Mulliken showcases present-day works of awarding NLAPW members as well as other Festival events held through out the District of Columbia (DC).

Elise Marsteller Mulliken
Elise Marsteller Mulliken’s legacy is celebrated on two sides of the Atlantic. In addition to serving as the first Cherry Blossom Festival director in 1927, she is recognized by the Belgian government for her extraordinary philanthropic pursuits. For, it is women such as Ms. Mulliken who established a level of NLAPW community outreach expectation and helped make it the organization that it is today. Attend biennial conference events and learn about the life of this pace-setting woman in history.

Branching Out – 2012 Biennial Convention
Featuring poet laureate poetry readings, music concerts, a national juried art exhibit, awards presentations, tour of the Pen Arts building, and creative arts workshops, the convention is open to the public. Students, novices, or professionals explore niche arts while celebrating a centennial ‘symbols of friendship’ event. Visit the Library of Congress, experience breath-taking views of DC’s cherry blossoms while cruising on the Potomac or explore a juried art exhibit at the Charles Sumner museum. For details of registration, visit web site option, Biennial Convention - .

National League of American Pen Women
Founded in 1897, the NLAPW is a recipient of the Literary Hall of Fame Award in recognition for their contribution to the cultural life of the United States and the George Washington Honor Medal sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for their collaborative effort to promote an understanding and appreciation of America’s rich heritage and unique freedoms. Consisting of more than 100 branches located throughout the United States, membership is comprised of three comprehensive classifications: Letters, Art, and Music. For details, visit web site or contact the national headquarters by email at, by phone at 202-785-1997, or by mail at NLAPW, 1300 Seventeenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1973. Or, follow League activities through face-book group National League of American Pen Women or Twitter ID NLAPW or link to ‘YouTube’ NLAPW,

National League of American Pen Women, Linking Creative Women Since 1897

Side-bar: NLAPW Biennial Convention, April 19th-21st, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington DC, admission varies depending on event. For details, visit or call 202-785-1997.
National League of American Pen Women
Sylvia Hoehns Wright