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Press Release
May 8, 2007

National Archives Holds an “American Conversation” with National History Day Director on June 13

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an “American Conversation” with Dr. Cathy Gorn, executive director of National History Day, on Wednesday, June 13, at 3 p.m. They will discuss the growth and significance of National History Day, the annual competition which inspires the teaching and learning of history. The National Archives provides active support to National History Day.

The “American Conversations” series is one of the National Archives’ public programs and focuses on American history and identity. Those featured in previous programs include Senator Hillary Clinton, filmmaker Ken Burns, and historians John Hope Franklin and Lynne Cheney. To learn more, visit the National Archives web site.

Events in this series are held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW, and is fully accessible. All programs in the “American Conversations” series are free and open to the public. Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or 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 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

Dr. Cathy Gorn is executive director of National History Day and adjunct professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park, the institutional home of National History Day. She joined National History Day in 1984 when the organization was still based in Cleveland, Ohio, and was in its infancy as a national endeavor. Dr. Gorn graduated from Kent State University in 1982 and earned a Ph.D. in history at Case Western Reserve University in 1992. Dr. Gorn has contributed to, and served as editor for, more than 20 history curriculum guides.

Archivist Allen Weinstein is a former Professor of History who has held professorships at Boston University, Georgetown University, and Smith College, and 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 please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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