Washington, DC Area Events

August 2014
Washington, DC, Area Events

Photo courtesy of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

You can now watch our programs live on YouTube. Unlike Ustream, YouTube does not have one landing page to view our events. Each event will have its own link, which is included at the end of the descriptions on this page.

You will be able to watch our archived programs on Ustream for a limited time while the landing page is still active. www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives

Program Highlights

  • Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns
    See episode 10 of Ken Burns’s documentary on American jazz. (August 1)
  • The Nixon Tapes
    Marking the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation, Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter discuss the conversations recorded in the White House and Camp David. (August 8)
  • Centennial of Women’s Suffrage
    A panel will discuss present-day policital, social, and economic roles for women after nearly 100 years of voting rights. (August 26)
  • Dance on Film
    In partnership with the National Gallery of Art, we present two films about notable dancers: Pina, about Pina Bausch (August 14), and Afternoon of a Faun, about Tanaquil Le Clerq (August 28).
  • Educational Workshops
    Come to a special evening viewing of our exhibit "Making Their Mark" and then learn the basics of handwriting analysis. (August 13)
  • Know Your Records
    Get started with the Introduction to Genealogy workshop (August 6) and learn how to navigate archives.gov for your family history research (August 27)

Locations, Hours, and Contact Information

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted. Reservations for McGowan Theater programs are not required but are recommended. Use the new online event registration system from the National Archives Foundation to reserve your seats:
1. Register at www.archivesfoundation.org/events/
2. Print your email confirmation and bring it with you.
3.To reserve by phone, call 202-357-6814. Walk-ins without reservations will be admitted, depending on available seats.

For McGowan Theater programs, use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Current Exhibitions

Friday, August 1, at noon
William G. McGowan Theater
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns

Episode Ten: A Masterpiece by Midnight. In the 1960s, Miles Davis joins forces with rock musicians and creates jazz fusion. As it enters its second century, jazz is still alive, still changing, and still swinging. (120 minutes)

Wednesday, August 6, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Learn how to do basic genealogical research using Federal records at the National Archives. Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

Friday, August 8, at noon
William G. McGowan Theater
The Nixon Tapes

President Richard Nixon captured every word spoken in key locations in the White House and Camp David from 1971 to 1973 on a voice-activated taping system. Historian and author Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter have transcribed the tapes, giving us an unprecedented account of one of the most controversial Presidencies in U.S. history. A book signing follows the program.
President Nixon’s resignation letter and President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon will be on display in the East Rotunda Gallery from August 8 to 11.

Wednesday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Boeing Learning Center
Making Their Mark Adult Education Workshop Series

Join us for a special evening viewing of the "Making Their Mark" exhibit and learn the basics of Handwriting Analysis.

Marilyn Maze, a certified graphologist, opens up the world of handwriting with an interactive demonstration and analysis of historical figures handwriting. Covering the history of graphology and making connections to current uses of graphology, Ms. Maze will be leading an in-depth demonstration about how personality traits are tied to our handwriting and what we can learn from it. Examples from the National Archives stacks will be used. Participants will also have the opportunity to give Ms. Maze a sample of their handwriting to be analyzed. Come see what you can discover about a person from the mark they make!

This is the first of four in a series of hands-on workshops for adults in conjunctions with the "Making Their Mark" exhibit. To register or for more information please send an e-mail to education@nara.gov with MTM Workshops in the subject line.

"Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with the generous support of Lead Sponsor AT&T. Major additional support provided by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family and members of the Board of the Foundation for the National Archives.

Family and educational programming related to "Making Their Mark" is sponsored in part by Fahrney’s Pens, Cross, and Parker Pen Company – Newell Rubbermaid

Thursday, August 14, at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater
Pina

Modernist choreographer Pina Bausch died suddenly in 2009 while Wim Wenders was in the midst of filming her. A groundbreaking visionary whose cogent and compelling work with Tanztheater Wuppertal transformed the history of dance, Bausch believed in blending the formal vocabularies of theater, dance, sound, and design. (2011; 103 minutes, rated PG) Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Art.

Photo courtesy of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater
Women’s History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Woman Suffrage in 2020

In commemoration of Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, this discussion considers how nearly one hundred years of voting rights have impacted present-day political, social, and economic roles for women. Presented in partnership with the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum.

Wednesday, August 27, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Genealogy Using Online Resources of the National Archives

Learn how to navigate archives.gov for your family history research with archives specialist Nancy Wing.

 

 

Courtesy of Kino Lorber

Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq—possibly the greatest American dancer of the twentieth century—became a polio victim in her late twenties. Her life history and the incredible set of circumstances that surrounded her tragic fall are recounted in the film through archival footage and documents. The film’s director, Nancy Buirski, will introduce the screening. (2013, 91 minutes) Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Art.

 

 

 

 

Boeing Learning Center

An exciting space designed to provide parents and educators of all levels with methods and materials for teaching with primary source documents. Open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Learn more about Education programs at the National Archives.

The ReSource Room is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Exhibitions

Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures
“Making Their Mark: Stories through Signatures” displays both famous and little-known signatures found in the holdings of the National Archives. Discover the invention Michael Jackson patented; see “signature” items worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, and First Lady Michelle Obama; and discover what prompted Katharine Hepburn, Johnny Cash, and Jackie Robinson to write to the government. “Making Their Mark” explores the stores behind the signatures that made their mark on the American narrative. Through January 5, 2015, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery.

"Records of Rights"
This exhibit uses original documents, photographs, facsimiles, videos, and interactive exhibits to explore how Americans have worked to realize the ideals of freedom enshrined in our nation’s founding documents and how they have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity. The Executive Order signed by President Truman that ended segregation in the military will be on special display through June 17. Beginning June 18, The 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination in public places, ended segregated public facilities, and forbade discrimination in employment, will be on display in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. David M. Rubenstein Gallery

1297 Magna Carta
Magna Carta, on permanent loan from David M. Rubenstein, is now featured in the “Records of Rights” exhibit. David M. Rubenstein Gallery

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution
  • Bill of Rights

The Charters of Freedom: Our Nation’s Founding Documents” takes a fresh look at the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Using historical documents from the holdings of the National Archives, we answer two key questions about the Charters: "How did they happen?" and "Why are they important?" Rotunda

The Public Vaults” invites visitors into virtual stack areas to discover historic documents, films, maps, and photographs from the National Archives. A rare print on parchment of the Declaration of Independence–made from the original copperplate engraved by William J. Stone in 1823–is on display for a limited time. Courtesy of David M. Rubenstein

A rare print on parchment of the Declaration of Independence—made from the original copperplate engraved by William J. Stone in 1823—is on display for a limited time. Courtesy of David M. Rubenstein.

This year’s featured adventurer in “Polar Exploration” is explorer Robert E. Peary, who made two unsuccessful attempts before finally claiming to reach the Pole in 1909.


Featured Documents on Display in Washington, DC

Featured Document Display: Anniversary of Watergate
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, the National Archives will display President Richard Nixon’s resignation letter and President Gerald Ford’s pardon of President Nixon. East Rotunda Gallery August 8–August 11

Featured Document Display: Senate Revisions to the Proposed Bill of Rights
This year marks the 225th anniversary of the First Congress. The displayed document—the 17 amendments to the Constitution passed by the House and sent to the Senate—is an early draft of what became the Billof Rights. East Rotunda Gallery August 12–September 10


Special Exhibition in College Park, Maryland

Auditorium Lobby at the National Archives Research Center:

"The Long View" features digitally produced facsimiles of historic panoramic photographs from the Still Picture holdings.

Motorcycle Corps, Army Motor Service - Under Command of J. S. Berryman. US Capitol. Wash., DC. Jan. 26, 1919, By R. S. Clements. Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (165-PP-60-47)

The exhibit not only showcases the wide variety of panoramic techniques, but also includes National Archives records such as cartographic maps and patent drawings that relate to the photographs. Thirty-four panoramas and other records are on display and span the period from 1864 to 1997.
See more panoramas online


Online Exhibits

Dozens of exhibits can be experienced online. Visit Now!

To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis
An exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis..

What's Cooking Uncle Sam? logo “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”
Unearth the stories and personalities behind the increasingly complex programs and legislation that affect what we eat. Learn about the Government’s extraordinary efforts, successes, and failures to change our eating habits. Find out why the Government wanted us to “Eat the Carp,” “Share the Meat,” and “Know Our Onions.” There are over 100 original records in the exhibit—including folk songs, war posters, educational films, and even seed packets. From Revolutionary War rations to Cold War cultural exchanges, discover the multiple ways that food has occupied the hearts and minds of Americans and their Government.
Online exhibit

Discovering the Civil War ExhibitDiscovering the Civil War
Unlock secrets, solve mysteries, and uncover unexpected events in this most extensive display ever assembled from the incomparable Civil War holdings of the National Archives.
Online exhibit

child with coal dust on face Eyewitness:  American Originals from the National Archives
Drawing on rarely displayed documents, audio recordings, and film footage culled from the extensive holdings of the National Archives and its Presidential libraries, "Eyewitness" features first-person accounts of watershed moments in history. Online exhibit


Locations, Hours, and Contact Information

The National Archives Experience
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC

For details, see the Visitor's Map or visit the National Archives Experience.

Exhibit Hours:

  • 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Last admission is at 5 p.m.
  • Open every day except Thanksgiving and December 25.

Admission free.

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted. Reservations for McGowan Theater programs are not required but are recommended. Use the new online event registration system from the National Archives Foundation to reserve your seats:
1. Register at www.archivesfoundation.org/events/
2. Print your email confirmation and bring it with you.
3.To reserve by phone, call 202-357-6814. Walk-ins without reservations will be admitted, depending on available seats.

For McGowan Theater programs, use the Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

For details, see the Visitor's Map or visit the National Archives Experience.

For reservations or to be placed on the mailing list, call 202-357-5000, or toll free at 1-877-874-7616, or e-mail public.program@nara.gov.

Museum Visit Reservations: To make reservations to visit the museum, especially during the height of the tourist season and holiday periods use online reservations. As of March 15, 2013, the last reservation slot is 4:30 p.m. If you have a reservation for later than 4:30 p.m., you will have to reschedule the visit.


The National Archives Research Center
700 Penn. Ave., NW, Washington, DC and 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD.

Research Hours for both locations:

Check the Washington, DC and College Park, MD location information for records pull times and other important details.

Call 202-357-5450 for a docent-led guided tour.

wheelchair icon TDD: 301-837-0482. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (such as a sign language interpreter) for a public program, please call 202-357-5000, or toll free at 1-877-874-7616, or email public.program@nara.gov at least two weeks prior to the event.


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