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Press Release
October 30, 2008

National Archives Presents Free Public Programs in November Related to the Treaty of Paris

New Exhibition "1783:  Subject or Citizen" Celebrates Treaty’s 225th Anniversary

Washington, DC…In November, the National Archives will present a series of public programs inspired by the new exhibition 1783:  Subject or Citizen? running through January 25, 2009, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. These programs include a special Treaty of Paris Family Day, a film screening, and two author lectures. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building, which is fully accessible. Please use the National Archives Building Special Events entrance on the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.

North of the Border:  The Counter Revolution
Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00PM, William G. McGowan Theater

Join James Laxer, professor of political science at York University in Toronto as he discusses his book The Border. At the end of the Revolutionary War, tens of thousands of loyalists departed from the newly created United States of America, many of them going to the remaining British colonies in North America, which now compose parts of Canada. The American Revolution was a turning point for both the United States and Canada. The Canadian-American border is more than the meeting point between a super-power and its friendly northern neighbor. It distinguishes those who took one path out of the American Revolution from those who took another. This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of Canada.

Treaty of Paris Family Day
Saturday, November 15, noon to 3:00PM, Presidential Conference Rooms

Discover the Treaty of Paris with hands-on activities that celebrate the newly formed United States of America.

  • Sign and seal the Treaty of Paris
  • Decipher Thomas Jefferson’s map code
  • Dress in colonial costume and declare George Washington’s farewell address to the Continental Army
  • Meet Gen. George Washington and signers of the Treaty of Paris
  • Listen to early American music performed by Judy Cook
  • Meet representatives from the Embassy of Canada
  • Visit the Document Exploration Station in the Boeing Learning Center

Treaty of Paris Film Series: Johnny Tremain
Saturday, November 15, at 3:00PM, William G. McGowan Theater

This film series features Hollywood’s depiction of the events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War and the postwar westward expansion enabled by the Treaty of Paris. The highly acclaimed novel by Esther Forbes provides the basis for this stirring Disney film about a young Boston silversmith apprentice and his involvement in America’s fight for independence. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Rated G. (1957, 80 minutes)

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War  Wednesday, November 19, at noon, Jefferson Room
Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown. Just over 6,800 of those men died in battle. About 25,000 became prisoners of war. Most of these patriots were confined in New York City under conditions so atrocious that at least 17,500 perished from disease in the overcrowded, makeshift collection of prisons. Join us as author Edwin Burrows discusses Forgotten Patriots, the first-ever account of what took place in the British prisons. A book signing will follow the program.

For information on National Archives Public Programs, call (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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