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March 26, 1998
National Archives and Records Administration Announces May Schedule for Lectures and Booksignings

Washington, DC . . . In May, the National Archives and Records Administration presents free lectures and booksignings that relate to the Presidency, Womenís history the Civil War and American design.

The programs are free and open to the public and will take place at the downtown National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The public may verify times and dates by calling the National Archives public events line at 202-501-5000 (TDD users may call 202-501-5404).

Friday, May 1 -- Archival Sources Performances.
American Originals: Time Travelers
The American Historical Theatre troupe will bring to life some of the historical figures highlighted in the "American Originals" exhibit. Benjamin Franklin will be our guide as we meet George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Rosa Parks, and Edgar Allan Poe. Performances at 11:00 A.M., 1:30 P.M., and 2:30 P.M. Rotunda.

Monday, May 4 -- Author Lecture and Booksigning
Presidency series
Robert Dallek, professor of history at Boston University, will discuss Flawed Giant: Lyndon Baines Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973, the concluding volume of his acclaimed LBJ biography. Published by Oxford University Press. Noon. Room 105.

Tuesday, May 5 -- Author Lecture and Booksigning
Intelligence/Womenís History
Elizabeth McIntosh, a former member of the Office of Strategic Services, has written Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS based on her own World War II experiences and on interviews of over a hundred women OSS veterans, including Julia Child and Marlene Dietrich. Published by Naval Institute Press. Noon. Room 105.

Monday, May 18 -- Archivist Slide Lecture
Congressional History/130th Anniversary of Memorial Day
John A. "Black Jack" Logan, the charismatic Civil War general, Congressman, Senator, and commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, established Memorial Day in 1868. Archivist Rod Ross will discuss Loganís career, including his Civil War service, position as a House manager in the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, and his 1884 candidacy as Vice President on the Republican ticket. Noon. Room 105.

Tuesday, May 19 -- Author Lecture and Booksigning
Presidency series
Douglas Brinkley, historian and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans, will discuss The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carterís Quest for Peace. Published by Viking. Noon. Room 105.

Wednesday, May 20 -- Archival Sources Lecture
Identifying Lincolnís "Revolutionary War Widow"
Todayís lecture is the first in a series co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic. Lincoln biographers have long immortalized the story of young Abraham Lincolnís passionate courtroom performance on behalf of a poor Revolutionary War widow. Until 3 years ago, Lincoln scholars had no clue as to who she was, when the trial took place, or whether the story was indeed true. Paul H. Verduin, general secretary of the Institute, will reveal her identity and tell how he cracked this case through intensive research in National Archives pension records. Noon. Room 105.

Thursday, May 21 -- Author Lecture and Booksigning
Biography series
Ron Chernow, winner of the 1990 National Book Award for nonfiction, will discuss his new book, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Published by Random House. Noon. Room 105.

Wednesday, May 27 -- Archival Sources Illustrated Lecture
Civil War series
Research Rescues a Wreck: The Baltimore Civil War Museum. Built in 1849, the President Street Railroad Station was a derelict building when the roof collapsed in 1990. Even before the existing station was built, the site was a well-documented escape route along the "underground railroad." Shawn Cunningham, Director of the Baltimore Civil War Museum, will tell the story of its rehabilitation. Noon. Room 105.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.

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