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December 4, 2000
January Public Programs at the National Archives

Washington, DC . . . In January, the National Archives and Records Administration presents public programs covering a wide variety of topics including World War II, American Politics, Foreign Relations, Health Care Reform and the Cold War.

The programs are free and open to the public and will take place at the 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.

Tuesday, January 9-World War II/Nazi Germany
Shareen Brysac will discuss Resisting Hitler: Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra. As members of a key resistance group called the Red Orchestra by the Nazis, Mildred and her husband, Arvid, assisted in the escape of Jews and political dissidents and provided intelligence to both Washington and Moscow. This is the first full account of an American woman who gave her life in the struggle against the Nazis. Noon. Room 105. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.

Wednesday & Thursday, January 10 & 11- World War II/ U.S. Army Air Corps
Brig. Gen. J. Kemp McLaughlin will discuss The Mighty Eighth in World War II: A Memoir. McLaughlin recounts his missions over Axis targets and talks about downed pilots who found their way back to England. General McLaughlin USAFR (ret.), joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and went to Europe the following year as a member of the 92nd Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.
Wednesday, January 10: 7 P.M. Room 105.
Thursday, January 11: Noon. Room 105.

Thursday, January 11- American Politics
Byron Hulsey will discuss Everett Dirksen and His Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics. Everett McKinley Dirksen was one of the most colorful American politicians of the 20th century and was considered by some the most powerful man in Congress. Drawing on primary sources at the LBJ Library and the Dirksen Congressional Center, Hulsey shows how the senator combined legislative craftsmanship with the ability to get bills passed. 7 P.M. Room 105. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.

Tuesday, January 23-How Computers Won the Logistics War
Lee Gladwin, an archivist with NARA's Center for Electronic Records, discusses the value of the World War II POW punch card records to researchers and genealogists. Mr. Gladwin's talk is based on his article, "TOP SECRET: Recovering and Breaking the U.S. Army and Army Air Force Order of Battle Codes, 1941-1945," in the Fall 2000 issue of Prologue, NARA's quarterly journal. Topics include Machine Records Units and the early use of IBM punch cards and codes to win the logistics war during World War II. Noon. Room 105.

Wednesday, January 24- Foreign Relations/ Latin America
John Chasteen will discuss Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. This compelling narrative records the famous and not so famous: Cortes, Moctezuma, Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz, Bolivar, Father Manuel Hidalgo, Juan and Evita Peron, and Che Guevara. This is a story of despair and hope, conquest and colonization, revolution and republic formation. Noon. Room 105. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.

Thursday, January 25- Health Care Reform
Norbert Goldfield will discuss National Health Reform American Style: Lessons from the Past, A Twentieth Century Journey. Dr. Goldfield draws lessons for today's policy debate from historical review and analysis of efforts during the Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton administrations. Noon and 7 P.M. Theater. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.

Tuesday, January 30- Cold War/ Radio Broadcasting
Arch Puddington will discuss Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Disseminating information and stimulating political unrest behind the Iron Curtain, these broadcasts played a vital role in bringing about the fall of communism. Broadcasting Freedom draws on rare archival material and offers a penetrating insider history of the radios that helped change the face of Europe. Noon and 7 P.M. Theater. Call 202-208-7345 for reservations.

For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or bye-mail. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Events Line at: 202-501-5000.

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