Stories & Histories


From people’s personal archives to library research centers and current publications, stories directly or indirectly connected with Victor Green’s travel guides continue to emerge!

Roll over the menu heading above to find sub-menus listing an ever-evolving collection of related articles, images, links, and information, including the following:

  • Victor Green and the Spirit of Connecting: The man who promoted his own brand of social networking for travelers during a volatile era when the internet was merely a far-fetched science fiction concept
  • Interviews, Images, and Inspiration: “The Green Book Chronicles” interview cast members share their personal archives
  • USA Today’s Special Edition about the March on Washington that includes two articles about the Green Book and Calvin Ramsey

3 thoughts on “Stories & Histories

  1. John T says:

    My father used this book extensively in the 1950’s whenever we traveled. I remember 1957 in Las Vegas, on our way to Compton, Ca. , he used this book to refer us to a lodging in Vegas called “Pearls”. As a kid of about 10 or 11, I remember my Dad and I spotting a rat in a closet and he made me promise I wouldn’t mention it to my mother. ..


    • Thanks for the comment, John! (Love the rat story 🙂 I would love to speak with you more about this. Where are you located? — Becky (Director/Co-Producer)


      • John Townsend says:

        Try me at I’m located today in the Chicago area where I did a lot of growing up. Funny how I didn’t figure on being a story teller of sorts, but Wilkerson has influenced me in regards to that. This summer there is to be the first Townsend Reunion. That’s what the T stands for. Let me here from you.


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July 14, 2016 "Reflections on the Green Book" at the MARCH ON WASHINGTON FILM FESTIVAL, US Navy Museum, Washington DC 6:30 - 9:00pm; Panel includes Calvin Alexander Ramsey and screening of new 20:00 Work-in-Progress excerpt from "The Green Book Chronicles"

Watch this space for upcoming presentations by Calvin Ramsey and other events related to "The Green Book Chronicles"

News and Events ARCHIVE

May 31, 2016: Calvin Ramsey nominated for the NAACP NYCHA Just R.E.A.D. (Recognize Education Achieves Destiny) Literacy Development Endeavor Award for “Ruth and the Green Book”; Ceremony and celebration at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC July 7, 2016

May 14, 2016: Fundraiser for "The Green Book Chronicles" sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation, NYC

April 2016: Calvin Ramsey and "The Green Book Chronicles" are featured in an article in Smithsonian Magazine by Jacinda Townsend: "How the Green Book Helped African-Americans Navigate a Segregated Nation"

February 12, 2016: "The Green Book Chronicles" received a production grant from the Len Ragozin Foundation, NYC

December 3, 2015: Calvin Ramsey was interviewed on the WUNC public radio show, “The State of Things”:

August 7, 2015: NEW YORK TIMES article by Eve M. Kahn featuring "The Green Book Chronicles": "The 'Green Book' Legacy: A Beacon for Black Travelers"

August 6-9, 2015: NYC Interviews and Location Shooting for "The Green Book Chronicles" including the Jacob Lawrence "One Way Ticket" Show at the Museum of Modern Art; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and Minton's

February 18, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presented progress on "The Green Book Chronicles" at the Brooklyn Historical Society (6:30pm)

January 18, 2015 (MLK Holiday): Calvin Ramsey reading of "Ruth and the Green Book" and book signing at the New York Historical Society, NYC

December 7, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Stanford L. Warren Library, Durham, NC

July 19, 2015 NEW YORK TIMES Travel Section: Feature article about Calvin Ramsey and the Green Book projects with the online version released 7/14/15

January 21, 2014: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, Bronx, NY

January 19, 2014: Calvin Ramsey at the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC "Created Equal: Freedom Riders" film and guest speakers

August 13 - September 2, 2013: USA Today Special Edition about the March on Washington includes articles about the Green Book and Calvin Ramsey / See complete text in "Stories & Histories" above

September 1, 2013: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Studio Museum in Harlem "Target Free Sundays: Books and Authors, Kids!" / 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

August 28, 2013: Article about Calvin Ramsey in the Washington Post:

August 26, 2013 @ 6:00 pm: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) honoring Victor Green / 100 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

June 8, 2013: Calvin Ramsey interviewed on NPR's "Travel with Rick Steves" / Archive available at



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