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September 12, 2007

Special Programs to Highlight National Archives Records in October

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Washington, DC…In October, in celebration of National Genealogy Month, Filipino-American Heritage Month, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the National Archives will feature a series of programs highlighting related records from National Archives holdings.

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted and will be held in the National Archives Building 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 Building, 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 our Washington, DC Area web page.

Tuesday, October 2,at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Governing the Philippines: Records of the Department of the Interior, 1898–1971

National Archives Branch Chief Kenneth Heger will provide an overview of the records of the two Federal agencies that administered the Philippines -- the Bureau of Insular Affairs and the Office of Territories -- focusing 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, October 4, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 9, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
What’s New in NARA’s Archival Research Catalog (ARC)?

Archives Specialists Rebecca Warlow and Jill James will review general records of genealogical interest described in ARC and will present new ARC descriptions of and web pages related to the Philippine Archives Collection. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, October 11, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 16, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act

The General Counsel’s Access Staff is responsible for processing FOIA and Privacy Act requests for National Archives operational records (records the agency creates or receives in carrying out its mission). FOIA and Privacy Act Officer Ramona Branch Oliver will discuss her office’s activities and give information and advice on access issues. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, October 18, at 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, October 17, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
From the Records Book Group

The book group will discuss 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. Before the discussion, the film Dayton Codebreakers will be shown. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a 15% discount for book group participants. NOTE: The book group will meet on the second Wednesday of November (November 14) to discuss Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War, by Howard Jones.

Tuesday, October 23, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
War Relocation Authority Camp Newspapers

Archives Genealogy Specialist Rebecca Sharp will examine War Relocation Authority camp newspapers that shed light on the experiences of Japanese internees during World War II. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, October 25, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 30, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Records Relating to the B & O Railroad in the National Archives: A Photographic Journey

Archivist David Pfeiffer will discuss the records of the B & O Railroad, consisting of photographs of railroad stations found in the International Commerce Commission’s valuation records. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, November 1, at 11 a.m.)

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 National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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