National Press Club

This Week in NPC History

January 5, 2010 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Jan. 4, 2008: The 100th anniversary documentary is screened, launching a year-long celebration of the Club's founding in 1908.

Jan. 6, 1926: The Ebbitt Hotel is torn down to make way for the National Press Building.

Jan. 9, 1979: Hugh Hefner appears with his bunnies at a sell-out luncheon on the 25th anniversary of Playboy magazine and talks about freedom of the press.

This Week in National Press Club History is brought to you by the History Committee, which is dedicated to preserving, and revitalizing the Club’s history through displays, panel discussions and lectures, as well as interviewing members as part of the Club’s long-standing oral history project. For additional information on the Club’s rich history, contact the Club archives.

For more information on upcoming History Committee-sponsored events, or to join the History Committee, contact Marc A. Wojno at