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Press Release
October 5, 2006

A National Archives "American Conversation" with Robert Remini

Grand Reopening Program of the William G. McGowan Theater

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and historian Robert Remini will discuss "The U.S. Congress: History and Turning Points" in an "American Conversation" on Thursday, October 12, at 7 PM. Following the event, Robert Remini will sign copies of his latest book, The House: The History of the House of Representatives (Collins, 2006), and the book will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW

This program marks the grand reopening of the William G. McGowan Theater, which closed due to severe flood damage in June. Preceding this American Conversation, Marvin Pinkert, Director of the Center for the National Archives Experience, will introduce a short film highlighting significant programs held in the Theater since its opening in September 2004.

This program is part of a National Archives series of discussions on American history and identity. Lynne Cheney, Lonnie Bunch, Ken Burns, Hillary Clinton, John Hope Franklin, Lindy Boggs and Cokie Roberts have been featured in previous "American Conversations." Videos of past programs may be viewed on the National Archives web site, "American Coversations" page.

All programs in the "American Conversations" series are free and open to the public. The National Archives is fully accessible. If you need 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 prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

Robert V. Remini is the official historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been teaching history for more than 50 years and writing books about American history for nearly as long. In addition to his three-volume biography of Andrew Jackson, he is the author of biographies of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, as well as a dozen other books on Jacksonian America. Among his many honors are the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Award, the Carl Sandburg Award for Nonfiction, the University Scholar Award of the University of Illinois, the American Historical Association's Award for Scholarly Distinction, and the National Book Award.

Allen Weinstein was confirmed as the ninth Archivist of the United States in February 2005. Professor Weinstein, a former Professor of History who has held professorships at Boston University, Georgetown University, and Smith College, is the author of numerous essays and books, including The Story of America (2002), The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era (1999), Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (1978 & 1997), and Freedom and Crisis: An American History (3rd edition, 1981). From 1985 to 2003, he served as President of The Center for Democracy in Washington, DC. His international awards include the United Nations Peace Medal (1986).

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For press information contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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