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Press Release
August 3, 2009

National Archives Hosts Free Public Programs in September to Celebrate "BIG!" Exhibit

Washington, DC…In September, the National Archives continues the celebration of its exhibition “BIG! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives” with free public programs featuring a film screening and author lecture. All programs will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is fully accessible. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. National Archives summer exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., through Labor Day. Fall/winter hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Book talk: Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet
Wednesday, September 16, at noon, Jefferson Room

Cdr. Henry J. Hendrix, USN, will discuss Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century. Hendrix examines Roosevelt’s use of U.S. seapower to advance his diplomatic efforts and facilitate the emergence of the United States as a great power. A book signing will follow the program.

BIG! Film series screening: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Saturday, September 26, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) battles snakes, Nazis, and supernatural forces to rescue the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred box that contains the original Ten Commandments in this action-loaded film set in 1936. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. (115 minutes, 1981.) Screened in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, this program is presented by The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives.

BIG! Exhibition

The National Archives celebrates its 75th year in 2009 with a new exhibition featuring big records, big events, and big ideas. At a time when many people struggle to see documents and images on smaller and smaller screens, the National Archives exhibition “BIG!” presents the nation’s original record in its full-scale glory. From the 13-foot scroll of the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, to the size 22 sneaker of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, the items in the exhibition are pieces of the American story—writ large. The exhibit, on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building, runs through January 3, 2010. Admission is free. BIG! related items and the book featured above are available in the Archives Shop. Call (202) 357-5271.

All programs are free and open to the public. To verify dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000 or view the Calendar of Events online. 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.

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

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