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December 7, 2012

National Archives Hosts Free Public Program on First Lady Michelle Obama

American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Washington, DC…The National Archives hosts an evening book lecture on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m., exploring First Lady Michelle Obama’s family genealogy.

Reaching back to the Revolutionary War and moving up through the present, Rachel L. Swarns, author of American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, presents an illustrated lecture showing how Mrs. Obama’s family was touched by every major shift in our nation’s history. Michele Norris, host of “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio, will join Swarns. A book signing will follow the program: Rachel Swarns will sign copies of American Tapestry, and Michele Norris will sign copies of her book: The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir.

This public program is free and no registration is required. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is fully accessible. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For press information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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