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January 8, 2007

Special Programs to Highlight National Archives Records in February

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Washington, DC…In February, the National Archives will feature a series of programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted) and will be held in the National Archives Building and at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Please note: For programs at the National Archives Building, the public must use the 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 Locations web page.

Let No Man Put Asunder: Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records
Tuesday, February 5, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
To celebrate African American Heritage Month and Valentine’s Day, archivist Reginald Washington will give a presentation on marriage records among the Freedmen’s Bureau records. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, February 7, at 11 a.m.)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act
Tuesday, February 12, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Ramona Branch Oliver, NARA’s FOIA and Privacy Act Officer, will discuss the processing of FOIA and Privacy Act requests for NARA’s operational records (records the agency creates or receives in carrying out its mission) and will provide advice on access issues. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, February 14, at 11 a.m.)

Who’s on Your Family Tree? Beginning Your Family Genealogy
Saturday, February 16, 10:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m., National Archives Building, Jefferson Room
How can you get started on your family genealogy? Marie Melchiori, CG, CGL, of Melchiori Research Services, L.L.D., will take a look at home, local, county, and Federal sources as well as what might be on the Internet. She will also discuss how to organize and document what you find. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check (payable to NATF) at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

From the Records Book Group and Lecture
Tuesday, February 19, at 11a.m. and noon, Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Following a lecture at 11 a.m. on aviation records at the National Archives, the Book Group will discuss Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg. Check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for participants. Note: March’s book selection is These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory, by Thomas A. Desjardin, Robert Pigeon (Editor).

What’s New in the Archival Research Catalog (ARC)?
Wednesday, February 20, at 11:30 a.m., Room G-24, National Archives Building Research Center
Archives specialist Jill Reilly James will review general records of genealogical interest described in ARC and will present new ARC descriptions of and web pages related to African American history. She will also give a preview of the new ARC, which will be released this spring. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, February 21, at 11 a.m.)

Using Federal Records for African American Genealogical Research
Saturday, February 23, 10:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m., National Archives Building, Jefferson Room
Archivist Reginald Washington will discuss using census records, military service and pension files, Freedmen’s Bureau records, and other Federal records for African American genealogical research. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check (payable to NATF) at the door. Call 202-357-5333.

Clifford K. Berryman Political Cartoon Collection
Tuesday, February 26, at 11 a.m., National Archives Building Research Center
Archives specialist Jessie Kratz will discuss the Clifford Berryman political cartoon collection housed in the Center for Legislative Archives. She will also give a brief introduction to the exhibit “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which opens February 8 in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, February 28, at 11 a.m.)

Both Archives facilities are fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please send an e-mail to: public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300.

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