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October 31, 2008

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

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

Washington, DC…In December, the National Archives will present a series of public programs inspired by the exhibition 1783:  Subject or Citizen? running through January 25, 2009, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. These programs include a special panel discussion on the Canadian/American border and a screening of the film Northwest Passage(1940). 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.

The Mitchell Map and Its Role in Shaping History
Wednesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater

How was the Canadian/American border decided? Tonight’s panel will explore the use of Dr. John Mitchell’s important 1755 cartographic contribution, “A Map of the British Colonies in North America.” Mitchell’s map was the cartographic document used by official representatives of Great Britain and the United States at Paris in 1782 in negotiations leading to the Treaty of Paris, and it is recognized as an official source in the settlement of North American boundary disputes well into the 20th century. Moderated by John R. Hébert, chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, the distinguished panel includes Stephen J. Hornsby, director, Canadian-American Center, professor of geography and Canadian studies, University of Maine; Francis M. Carroll, professor of history emeritus, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba; and S. Max Edelson, associate professor of history, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This program is presented in partnership with the Washington Map Society.

Treaty of Paris Film Series: Northwest Passage
Saturday, December 13, at noon, 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 adventurous tale of Rogers’ Rangers, their leader Major Rogers (Spencer Tracy), and the obstacles and frustrations they encounter while attempting to open up new territory in Colonial America. Based on the novel by Kenneth Roberts. Not rated. (1940, 125 minutes)

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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