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August 3, 2004

 

September 2004 Free Public Programs at the National Archives

Washington, DC . . . In September, the National Archives and Records Administration showcases its new conference space and state-of-the-art William G. McGowan Theater with an outstanding series of panel discussions, author lectures, and booksignings.

The McGowan Theater and Jefferson Conference Room are located in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Room G-17 is located in the National Archives Building Research Center. Please note: the public must use the National Archives Building Pennsylvania Avenue entrance between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, to access Room G-17. Some lectures will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, facility.

William G. McGowan Theater: Panel Discussions and Booksignings

Friday, September 10
Women and Our Political Inheritance
Location: McGowan Theater
Time: 7 p.m.

Panelists discuss the role of women in the transmission of the "American Idea" across generations. Participants include Dorie McCullough Lawson, author of Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children (Doubleday, 2004); Amy Schapiro, author of Millicent Fenwick: Her Way; and former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, author of 24 Years of Housework . . . and the Place Is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics (Andrews McMeel, 1998).

Sunday, September 12
Our Founding Fathers and the Charters of Freedom
Location: McGowan Theater
Time: 2-5:30 p.m.

Guest speakers include Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin (Simon and Schuster, 2003); Joel Achenbach, author of The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West (Simon and Schuster, 2004); Stanley Weintraub, author of General Washington's Christmas Farewell: A Mount Vernon Homecoming, 1783 (Free Press, 2003); John Ferling, author of Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Oxford University Press); Joseph Ellis, author of Founding Brothers (Knopf, 2002) and the forthcoming His Excellency: George Washington (Knopf, October 2004); Richard
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Brookhiser, author of Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (Free Press, 2003); and Charles Rodenbough, author of Governor Alexander Martin: Biography of a North Carolina Revolutionary War Statesman (McFarland, 2004).

Sunday, September 19,
The First Federal Congress Project: Its Mission and Impact
Location: McGowan Theater
Time: 2-5 p.m.

Speakers include Charlene Bickford, Project Director, First Federal Congress Project; Kenneth Bowling, Co-Editor, and William diGiacomantonio, Associate Editor, Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791; members of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission; and Richard Baker, Senate Historian.

Sunday, September 26
The Supreme Court of the 1940s and Military Justice
Location: McGowan Theater
Time: 2-5 p.m.

Washington, DC, Court of Appeals Judge John M. Ferren will discuss his book, Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). Judge Ferren will be joined by a panel of law clerks who served the Supreme Court justices in the 1940s as well as by experts on the Supreme Court's jurisprudence governing military commissions.

Jefferson Conference Room: Lectures and Booksignings

Monday, September 20,
Virginia and the Revolutionary War
Location: Jefferson Conference Room
Time: 1 p.m.

Rhys Isaac will discuss Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation (Oxford University Press, 2004). Carter, a Virginia planter patriarch, left behind one of the most revealing of all American diaries. Pulitzer-prize-winning historian Isaac mines this document to reconstruct Carter's world as it plunged into revolution. Isaac uses entries from Carter's diary alongside a biographical narrative to provide a glimpse into early America.

Wednesday, September 29
Abraham Lincoln and Race Relations
Location: Jefferson Conference Room
Time: 1 p.m.

Professor Richard Striner, history professor at Washington College, Chestertown, MD, will discuss "Lincoln, Race, and Moral Strategy." In his presentation, based on his forthcoming book, Striner will argue that Lincoln's early, pre-Presidential statements on race were in all probability "Machiavellian ploys" employed by the rising Illinois politician to hold in check the bigotry of his constituents. Striner takes the view that Stephen Douglas was correct when he warned Illinois voters that his rival Lincoln was a stealthy "Negro lover" who possessed "a fertile genius in devising language to conceal his thoughts." This event is co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

National Archives Building Research Center: "Know Your Records" Lecture Series

Tuesday, September 7
Native American Records
Location: National Archives Building Research Center, Room G-17
Time: 11 a.m.

Archivists Joe Schwarz and Mary Frances Morrow will describe Native American Records housed at the National Archives. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, in Lecture Room C, on Thursday, September 9, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, September 14
Census Records
Location: National Archives Building Research Center, Room G-17
Time: 11 a.m.

Archivist and genealogical specialist Constance Potter will discuss the Population Schedules of the Records of the Census Bureau. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, in Lecture Room C, on Thursday, September 16, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, September 21
Southern Claims Commission Records
Location: National Archives Building Research Center, Room G-17
Time: 11 a.m.

Archivists Rodney Ross and Wayne DeCesar will be joined by archives specialist George Briscoe to examine the records of the Southern Claims Commission. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, in Lecture Room C, on Thursday, September 23, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, September 28
State Department Records
Location: National Archives Building Research Center, Room G-17
Time: 11 a.m.

Archivist Michael Hussey will discuss the Records of the State Department. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, in Lecture Room C, on Thursday, September 30, at 11 a.m.)

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For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or (202) 501-5526.

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 501-5000, the hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at: www.archives.gov/about_us/calendar_of_events/index.html

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