National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: April 29, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Janet Valentine to Discuss Main Street America and the Cold War at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host Dr. Janet Valentine for a discussion titled Main Street America and the Cold War. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

When we think of the Cold War, we typically think of the containment policy or the arms race. If we think of the Cold War on Main Street, we imagine poodle skirts and sock hops, a la Happy Days. In fact, the Main Street experience of the Cold War is largely a result of the effects of government policy on the popular imagination. Dr. Valentine's talk explores the ways that government actions influenced everyday life in America during the 1950s and 1960s.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email

About the Speaker

Dr. Janet G. Valentine earned her doctorate from the University of Alabama. She is the co-author of American Military History, as well as several articles and book chapters. Dr. Valentine has worked for the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Air National Guard History Office, and the Joint History Office. She has taught at the University of North Florida and Mississippi State University. Dr. Valentine was the longtime book review editor for H-War, part of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, and now serves on the H-War Advisory Board. Formerly a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Military History, she is currently a trustee for the Society of Military History. Her research focuses on the Korean War, and the intersection of citizenship and military obligation. Dr. Valentine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military History, Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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