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August 18, 1999
October Public Programs at the National Archives

Washington, DC . . . In October, the National Archives and Records Administration presents lectures and booksignings relating a variety of subjects including World War II, the Civil War and the exhibition Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives.

The programs are free and open to the public and will take place at the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The public may verify times and dates by calling the National Archives public events line at (202) 501-5000. TDD users may call (202)501-5404.

Saturday, October 2— Walking Tour and Booksigning
Civil War / DC History
Kathryn Allamong Jacob, author of Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, will discuss the fascinating stories behind some of our local monuments and her extensive use of archival records in documenting their history. This tour begins at the National Archives in front of the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Interested parties are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. 10 A.M. to Noon. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.

Wednesday, October 6— Photographing the Century Series
Views in Blue. One of the most enduring techniques developed during the early history of photography was the cyanotype. Invented in 1842, the bright blue print enjoyed its greatest popularity from 1880 to 1920. By the turn of the century, however, its popularity began to wane. Barbara Lewis Burger, an archivist in the Special Media Archives Services Division, will give a slide presentation on cyanotype photographs in the division's holdings. The audience may view the Circular Gallery exhibit, "Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives," following the lecture. Noon. Room 105.

Thursday, October 7— Hispanic Heritage / Military Aviation History
One of the most notable conflicts of the 1930s in which aircraft played a significant role was the struggle between Bolivia and Paraguay for an area of wilderness called the Chaco Boreal, or Gran Chaco. Dan Hagedorn will discuss his book, Aircraft of the Chaco War: 1928–1935. This South American conflict is the only declared war in the Western Hemisphere in which two established nations conducted air warfare. Dan Hagedorn is the adjunct curator for Latin American Aviation at the National Air and Space and Museum. Noon. Room 105.

Tuesday, October 19— Author Lecture and Book Fair
Hispanic Heritage / Civil War
Historians have studied the participation of many ethnic groups in the Civil War, but Spanish-speaking soldiers and sailors have received little attention. Researchers Thomas Lowry and Edward Milligan will describe their findings, including regiments in which 80 percent of the soldiers spoke Spanish, sailors from South and Central America, and a famous admiral of Spanish origin. Lowry and Milligan will examine primary sources as well as discuss books already written on this topic, including Mexican Texans in the Union Army, Desert Tiger: Captain Paddy Graydon and the Civil War in the Far Southwest, and Guide to Materials on Latin America in the National Archives. These books and more will be available for sale at this event. Noon. Room 105.

Tuesday, October 26— The Great Depression
Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Crash, historian T. H. Watkins will discuss his new book The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression, 1929-1939. Drawing on memoirs, oral histories, local press, handbills, and pamphlets, this book provides a rich narrative on the day-to-day meaning of the economic disaster. Watkins holds the Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair at Montana State University. Noon and 7 P.M. Room 105.

Wednesday, October 27—Picturing the Century series
Photographs from the Nixon Years. Today's lecture, featuring largely unpublished photographs, will give an intimate and dramatic view of the Nixon Presidency through the lens and words of Fred J. Maroon. As a result of Maroon's unprecedented access to the White House, his photographs offer an exceptional view of the Nixon years. The photographs are currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Mr. Maroon's book, The Nixon Years, 1969–1974: White House to Watergate, will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The audience may view the Circular Gallery exhibit "Picturing the Century" following the lecture. Noon. Room 105.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.

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