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May 6, 2008

National Archives Presents Free Public Programs in May Related to New "Running for Office" Exhibit

Special evening with cartoonist "Kal" Kallaugher, Family Day celebration, and movie

Washington, DC…In May, the National Archives will present a series of public programs inspired by its new exhibition “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through August 17 in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. These programs include an evening with Berryman Award–winning editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, an “On the Campaign Trail” Family Day celebration, and a special screening of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building, which is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and is fully accessible.

Evening with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher: Moving Political Cartoons from Page to Screen
Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater

Berryman Award–winning editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher will present an illustrated lecture tracing the evolution of political cartoons from two-dimensional print to 3D animation. Kallaugher’s work for the Baltimore Sun and the Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide. In 2007 he launched Kaltoons LLC, which pioneered the development of animated, 3D digital caricatures. Kaltoons’ first video, Dancin’ Dubya, was released on the web in August 2007. A signing of his latest collection of cartoons, KAL Draws Criticism, published in June 2006, will follow the program.

On the Campaign Trail Family Day
Saturday, May 31, noon to 3 p.m., Presidential Conference Rooms

In celebration of the “Running for Office” exhibit, the National Archives presents an afternoon of fun family activities to show what life is like “On the Campaign Trail.”

  • Make a campaign button or bumper sticker
  • Deliver an election speech or debate an opponent
  • Test your knowledge on all things “Presidential”
  • Fill out your own voting ballot
  • Watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (3 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater)

Running for Office Film Series—Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Saturday, May 31, at 3 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater

An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption in this classic film from director Frank Capra. This screening will be shown on 35mm film. Stars James Stewart. (1939, 125 minutes). The Running for Office film series is generously supported by Chevy Chase Bank.

Spring/Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. The “Running for Office” exhibition includes 44 exceptional pen-and-ink drawings that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process. Clifford K. Berryman, staff political cartoonist for TheWashington Post and the Washington Evening Star during the first half of the 20th century, drew thousands of cartoons commenting on Presidential and congressional candidates, campaign issues, and elections of his era. The cartoons are part of the official Records of the U.S. Senate housed in the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives.

The program with “KAL” Kallaugher and film screening will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. Please use the National Archives Building Special Events entrance on the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.

For information on National Archives Public Programs, call (202) 357-5000, 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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