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Press Release
August 3, 2009

Special Programs Highlight National Archives Records in September

Washington, DC…In September, the National Archives will feature programs highlighting records from its holdings. All programs are free and open to the public. The programs will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Please note that four of the programs will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Visitors to all programs in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-24) should use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The National Archives at College Park, MD, is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. See directions to both locations.

Tuesday, September 1, 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
World War II Finding Aid

On the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, retired NARA archivist Tim Mulligan will discuss the new World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, September 3, 11 a.m.).

Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m.; Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff will present a lecture on basic genealogical researchin Federal records. The next lectures will be on October 7 & 24.

Tuesday, September 8, 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company: A Gold Mine for Black and White Genealogists

Susannah E. Brooks, vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and a volunteer genealogy aide at the National Archives, will present information on both African American and white depositors at the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B on Thursday, September 10, 11 a.m.).

Tuesday, September 15, 11 a.m. and noon, Room G-24, Research Center
From the Records Book Group and Lecture

Reference librarian Randall Fortson will lecture and lead a discussion on The General and the Jaguar: Pershing’s Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge, by Eileen Welsome. Check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and discount. October’s book will be Secret Empire: Eisenhower, then CIA, and the Hidden Story of America’s Space Espionage.

Thursday, September 17, 11 a.m., Lecture Room B, National Archives at College Park, MD
National Archives Records on Ancestry.com

Sabrina Petersen Business Operations Manager from Ancestry.com, will discuss National Archives files recently scanned and published online through the partnership between the National Archives and The Generations Network. The presentation topic will focus on the United States Constitution in celebration of its signing anniversary. (This lecture will be videotaped and made available at the library).

Saturday, September 19, noon–4 p.m., Room G-24, Research Center
“Help! I'm Stuck”

Not sure where to begin your research? Is there a genealogical or historical problem that has stumped you? Look for the sign at the Research Center desk reading, “Help! I'm Stuck.” The next weekend opportunity will be on Saturday, October 24.

Tuesday, September 22, 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
“Documented Rights” Exhibit

National Museum Programs Coordinator Lisa Royse will discuss the new traveling exhibit Documented Rights,” which chronicles the evolution of human and civil rights in the United States. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in the auditorium on Thursday, September 24, 11 a.m.).

Tuesday, September 29, 11 a.m., Room G-24, Research Center
Using Footnote.com for Jewish Research

Laura Prescott of Footnote.com will explore Jewish records recently made available online. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B on Thursday, October 1, 11 a.m.)

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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