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Press Release
July 25, 2007

Special Programs to Highlight National Archives Records in September

Washington, DC…In September, the National Archives will feature a series of programs highlighting records from the National Archives holdings on a wide range of subjects including genealogy, Hispanic military service, Puerto Rico, and Asian immigration.

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted and will be held in the National Archives Building Research Center and at Archives II at College Park, Maryland. Both facilities are fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

Please note: For programs at the National Archives Research Center, the public must use the building’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The National Archives at College Park, MD is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. For directions to both locations, see the Washington, DC Area Locations page.

Wednesday, September 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Jefferson Room
Hispanics in the 19th Century through Military and Census Records
Archivist Constance Potter and Archives Specialist John Deeben will present a workshop on Hispanics in the Southwest in the 19th century, focusing on Civil War military service, regimental, and pension records for volunteers from New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas as well as population and non-population census schedules. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

Friday, September 28, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Jefferson Room
Who’s on Your Family Tree? Beginning Your Family Genealogy
How can you get started on your family genealogy? Marie Melchiori, CG, CGL, will take a look at home, local, county, and Federal sources as well as what might be on the Internet. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

Tuesday, September 4, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Footnotes
National Archives Librarian Jeffery Hartley will discuss how the National Archives and Footnote.com are bringing unprecedented access to selections of the Archives’ holdings and how to use this resource. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, September 6, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, September 11, at 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, Lecture Room D
Early Chinese/Asian Immigration History: Records of the National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco)
Archives Specialist Bill Greene will focus on the 250,000 immigration case files and related records in the National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco), which document Chinese/Asian immigration history during the Chinese Exclusion Acts period, 1880s–1940s. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives Building in Washington in Room G-24, Research Center, on Thursday, September 13, at 9:30 a.m.)

Thursday, September 13, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Mexican Border Crossings
Archivist Claire Kluskens will discuss Mexican border crossing records that document the arrival of permanent and temporary immigrants to the United States at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tuesday, September 18, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Hispanic Volunteers in the Antebellum U.S. Army
Archives Specialist John Deeben will discuss service records and other documentation for Hispanics who served in the U.S. Army, 1835–55. Many fought in the Second Seminole War, the Mexican War, and the Apache and Navajo wars of the 1850s. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, September 20, at 11 a.m.)

Friday, September 21, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Hispanic-Related Films from the National Archives
We present and discuss a variety of film clips illustrating Hispanic population, culture, activities, and families in the early to mid-20th century.

Tuesday, September 25, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Documenting Community, Politics, and the Economy in Puerto Rico, 1898–1950
Archives Branch Chief Kenneth Heger will provide an overview of the records of the two Federal agencies that administered Puerto Rico—the Bureau of Insular Affairs and the Office of Territoriesfocusing on their value to local historians. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, September 27, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, September 26, at noon, Room G-24, Research Center
From the Records Book Group
We will discuss The Archaeologist Was a Spy: Sylvanus G. Morley and the Office of Naval Intelligence, by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for participants. October’s book will be The Secret in Building 26: the Untold Story of America’s Ultra War against the U-boat Enigma Codes, by Jim DeBrosse and Colin Burke.

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call (202) 357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA; (TDD) (301) 837-0482.

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For press information contact the Public Affairs office at 202-357-5300.

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