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June 3, 2010

Special Programs Highlight National Archives Records in July and August

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Washington, DC…In July and August, the National Archives will feature programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted, and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is fully accessible. Visitors to the programs in the Research Center should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. See directions.

Thursday, July 1, at 1 p.m., Archives Shop
Use Special Events entrance at Constitution and 7th Street, NW
Meet the Authors and Book Signing

Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese. The book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

Wednesday, July 7, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture is offered the first Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, July 14 at noon, Jefferson Room, Research Center
Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent

In his book Declaration, author William Hogeland presents a vivid and thrilling account of the struggles that tipped the balance for independence in the weeks before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Hogeland portrays the principal actors in the drama—Sam Adams, John Adams Thomas Paine, and a fascinating cast of lesser-known street radicals—and provides an analysis of events and a portrayal of the men who made America free. A book signing will follow the program, and the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

Wednesday, July 21, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Caribbean Immigrants: Using Federal Records to Locate Ancestors from the West Indies, 1890–1930

Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Wednesday of the month. This month’s topic of interest will be on using Federal records to locate ancestors from the West Indies.

Wednesday, August 4, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture is offered the first Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, August 18, at 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Army Service in the Civil War: An Overview

Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Wednesday of the month. This presentation is an introduction to records relating to Army service in the Civil War.

The National Archives Building is fully accessible. 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. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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