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May 26, 2010

National Archives Presents "The Civil War in 3-D" on June 10

Special program to highlight stereoscopic images of the War, 3-D glasses included!

Washington, DC…On Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents “The Civil War in 3-D,” a special program inspired by the new major exhibit Discovering the Civil War. This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Civil War Photography, this illustrated lecture will feature 170 stereoscopic images taken during the Civil War. Bob Zeller, president of the Center for Civil War Photography, and John J. Richter, director of imaging for the center, will present “Lincoln in 3-D.” Audience members will be given 3-D glasses to enable them to step into the tableaux of many of the most famous photographs of President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Stereoscopic images in the fully digitized show include portraits of Lincoln, photographs of both of his inaugurations, his visits to Antietam and Gettysburg, his summer home, the White House, the city of Washington, the hanging of the assassination conspirators, and more.

Discovering the Civil War Part One: Beginnings, is on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, through September 6, 2010. The exhibit peels back 150 years of accumulated analysis, interpretation, and opinion to reveal a Civil War that is little-known and even more rarely displayed. The exhibition offers visitors the chance to join researchers in unlocking secrets, solving mysteries, and uncovering unexpected events in the Civil War records of the National Archives. Museum Spring/Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 10 am to 7 pm, daily. The exhibition is presented by the Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives.

For information on National Archives Public 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 more information about Discovering the Civil War or to obtain images of items included in the exhibition, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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