February 25, 2008
Noontime Programs at the National Archives in
Washington, DC…The National Archives will present three noontime programs in April on records preservation, presidential speechwriting, and memorials to Abraham Lincoln. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. The building is fully accessible.
Preserving America’s History at the National Archives
Wednesday, April 9, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Doris Hamburg, the National Archives Director of Preservation Programs, explores how the National Archives preserves and protects the more than 12 million permanently valuable Federal documents and artifacts it holds. Co-sponsored by the National Archives Assembly.
White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters
Wednesday, April 16, at noon, Jefferson Room
Writer Robert Schlesinger, son of famed historian and JFK speechwriter Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters, the first book to offer intimate comparative portraits of all our modern Presidents and the men and women who helped shape their public record. Drawing on interviews with current and former speechwriters and on archival research, Schlesinger reveals how the crucial relationships between Presidents and their speechwriters can make or break a presidency. A book signing will follow the program.
Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments
Thursday, April 17, at noon, Jefferson Room
Local author and educator James A. Percoco examines many of the nearly 200 memorials erected in memory of Abraham Lincoln—part of a quest to learn what these monuments meant when they were unveiled, what they mean to the nation today, and what they mean to him. His book is the first in 50 years to explore Lincoln sculpture in the context of post–civil rights America. Summers with Lincoln gives a tantalizing new look at Abraham Lincoln, encouraging the reader to question assumptions about Lincoln, civic commemoration, American civil religion, collective memory, and mythology.
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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300.
To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.