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February 8, 2011

National Archives Premieres PBS Documentary The Great Famine March 1

Presidential great-granddaughter Margaret Hoover to participate

Washington, DC…On Tuesday, March 1, at 7 PM, the National Archives will premiere the 52-minute PBS documentary film The Great Famine. This program is free and open to the public, and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

This PBS documentary The Great Famine examines an important but little-known episode in American-Russian relations. Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, in 1921 organized a massive U.S. two-year relief campaign that battled starvation and disease and saved millions of lives in Russia. Film producer Austin Hoyt will introduce the film, and will later be joined by Margaret Hoover, political commentator and great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover for a post-screening discussion. This program is presented in partnership with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and the Hoover Institution.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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