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September 23, 2009

Special Programs Highlight National Archives Records in October

Washington, DC…In October, 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, and the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Both buildings are fully accessible.

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, October 1, 11 AM, National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B,
Using Footnote.com for Jewish Research

Laura Prescott, content editor at Footnote.com, explores recently scanned and Holocaust-related records made available by the National Archives partnership with Footnote. She will demonstrate how to use the Footnote.com site to access these records. (This lecture is a repeat of the September 29 program.)

Tuesday, October 6, 11 AM, National Archives Building, Room G-24, Research Center
Documenting Death in the Civil War

John Deeben, genealogy archives specialist at the National Archives, explores death records created during and after the Civil War by the War Department, examining how they documented personal circumstances of soldiers’ deaths in various situations, including the battlefield and military hospitals and prisons. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, October 8, 11 AM).

Wednesday, October 7, 11 AM, National Archives Building, Room G-24, Research Center
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture occurs the first Wednesday of the month: the next one is Wednesday, November 4.

Tuesday, October 13, 11 AM, National Archives Building, Room G-24, Research Center
World War II Enemy Aliens Program

Lynn Goodsell, archivist at the National Archives, discusses WWII enemy alien control programs and related records focusing on programs affecting individuals of German, Italian, and Japanese ancestry living in the United States and Latin America. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room D, on Thursday, October 15, 11 AM).

Tuesday, October 20, 11 AM and noon, National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room D
From the Records Book Group and Lecture

Following a related lecture at 11 AM, From the Records Book Group discusses Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America’s Space Espionage by Philip Taubman. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for book group participants. November’s book is The Whiskey Merchant’s Diary: An Urban Life in the Emerging Midwest by Joseph J. Mersman.

Saturday, October 24, at 10 AM, National Archives Building, Room G-24, Research Center
Introduction to Genealogy

Archives staff present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture occurs on select Saturdays each month: the next one is Saturday, November 21.

Saturday, October 24, noon–4 PM, National Archives Building, Room G-24, Research Center
“Help! I’m Stuck”

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Would you like to explore new directions in your research? On select Saturdays, an archivist will be available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer questions. Look for the “Help! I’m Stuck” sign at the Research Center desk. This offer occurs on select Saturdays each month: the next one is Saturday, November 21.

Tuesday, October 27, 11 AM, National Archives Building, Room G-24, Research Center
Civil War Medicine

Archives specialist Rebecca Sharp and reference librarian Nancy Wing discuss The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865. This published source contains details of Civil War medical and surgical procedures, and information about individual patients. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, October 29, 11 AM).

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

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