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April 25, 2012

The National Archives Presents Noontime Programs in May

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Washington, DC…The National Archives presents afternoon programs in May on topics ranging from Charles Lindbergh to the return of Archives Jeopardy. These events are free and open to the public. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

Game Show:  Return of Archives Jeopardy!
Wednesday, May 9, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero hosts the third annual Archives Jeopardy! Audience members will be selected to test their historical knowledge and win prizes.

Book Talk:  The Rhode Island Campaign
Thursday, May 10, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

On July 29, 1778, a French naval squadron sailed to the entrance of Narragansett Bay. In The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War, Christian McBurney unravels one of the most multifaceted events of the war. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

Book Talk:  The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier
Wednesday, May 16, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Author Adam Jortner discusses the largely forgotten account of the conflict that arose between the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa, his brother Tecumseh, and William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory in 1811. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

FILM:  1940: America Goes to the Movies Film Series
Saturday, May 19 at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film, stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (1940; 130 minutes)

BOOK TALK:  Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Wednesday, May 23, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

For eight years, a prize of $25,000 for the first successful flight across the Atlantic sat unclaimed until the spring of 1927, when eight aviators suddenly vied for the prize. Author Joe Jackson discusses this dynamic race to cross the ocean and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

BOOK TALK:  Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times
Thursday, May 31, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, was well educated and known on two continents for her grace and sincerity. As hostess at Monticello, she debated issues ranging from a woman’s place to slavery, religion, and democracy. In this biography, Cynthia Kierner shows us American history from the perspective of this intelligent woman. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request. 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 dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000 or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.

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