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Press Release
October 29, 2009

Special Programs Highlight National Archives Records in November

Washington, DC…In November, 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 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.

Introduction to Genealogy – Wednesday, November 4, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff will present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records. This lecture occurs the first Wednesday of the month: the next one is Wednesday, December 2.

Panoramic Photographs of the Alaskan Frontier, 1911–1932 – Tuesday, November 10, 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center
Richard Schneider, National Archives analyst, will discuss the preservation project to reformat deteriorating nitrate film negatives, taken by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) surveyors and topographers, of various Alaskan regions in the early 20th century. The project was recently completed in 2008, so this will be the first public viewing of these panoramas. The discussion will cover preservation, textual records, cartographic records, and access. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, on Thursday, November 12, at 11 a.m.)

From the Records Book Group and Lecture – Tuesday, November 17, at 11 a.m. and noon
Room G-24, Research Center
Following a related lecture, Carolyn Gilliam, National Archives reference librarian, will lead the From the Records Book Group discussion on The Whiskey Merchant’s Diary: An Urban Life in the Emerging Midwest by Joseph J. Mersman. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for book group participants.

Introduction to Genealogy – Saturday, November 21, at 10 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center
Archives staff will present a lecture on basic genealogical research in Federal records.

“Help! I’m Stuck”– Saturday, November 21, noon–4 p.m.
Room G-24, Research Center
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.

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

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