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Press Release
September 24, 2010

National Archives Holds Special Programs Highlighting its Records in October 2010

Washington, DC…In October, the National Archives will feature programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Please note that three of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Visitors to all programs in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-24) should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Note: please use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street for the program held in the Adams Presidential Conference Room. The National Archives at College Park, MD, is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Know Your Records

Privacy Act and Personally Identifiable Information
Tuesday, October 5, at 11 A.M.— Room G-24, Research Center
Hannah Bergman, NARA Assistant General Counsel, discusses the Privacy Act and personally identifiable information. The topics will cover how the statute affects public access to both archival and operational records at the National Archives. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, October 7, at 11 a.m.)

Introduction to Genealogy
Wednesday, October 6, at 11 A.M.— Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture is offered the first Wednesday of the month.

Records from the Senate Investigation of Wall Street during the Great Depression
Tuesday, October 12, at 11 A.M. — Room G-24, Research Center
On the 81st anniversary of the stock market crash, Archives specialist Christine Blackerby discusses records of the U.S. Senate investigation of the 1929 crash and the first-ever federal financial regulation that followed. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, October 14, at 11 a.m.)

Beyond the Basics: Immigration Records
Saturday, October 16, at 10 A.M. —Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills on the third Saturday of the month (all skill levels welcome). This month’s topic teaches you how to use immigration records for genealogy research.

“Help! I’m Stuck”
Saturday, October 16, noon–4 p.m.— Room G-24, Research Center
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Would you like to explore new directions in your research? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer questions. Look for the “Help! I’m Stuck” sign at the Research Center desk.

Civil War Records on Footnote.com
Tuesday, October 19, at 11 A.M. — Room G-24, Research Center
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Laura Prescott from Footnote.com brings together National Archives documents from within the recently added Civil War titles to create family histories. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room D, Thursday, October 21, at 11 a.m.)

Beyond the Basics—Medicine on the Civil War Battlefield
Wednesday, October 20, at 11 A.M. — Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills on the third Wednesday of the month (all skill levels welcome). This month’s topic will be medicine on the Civil War battlefield.

From the Records Book Group
Wednesday, October 26, at 11 A.M. and noon—Adams Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
The book group will hold a related presentation at 11 a.m. followed by a discussion at noon on American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, by Nick Taylor. Please bring your own refreshments to enjoy.

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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