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Press Release
February 27, 2012

The National Archives Presents Noontime Programs in March

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents afternoon programs in March on topics ranging from the SS Titanic to the OSS and code breaking. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

BOOK TALK:  Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage
Wednesday, March 7, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

“Wild Bill” Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and the father of today’s CIA. Douglas Waller has mined government and private archives throughout the United States and England, drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with scores of Donovan’s relatives, friends, and associates, to produce a biography of one of the most powerful men in modern espionage. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

BOOK TALK:  Joe Rochefort’s War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway
Wednesday, March 14, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Elliot Carlson’s biography of Captain Joe Rochefort, Joe Rochefort’s War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway, is the first book written about the officer who headed the U.S. Navy’s decrypt unit at Pearl Harbor and broke the Japanese Navy’s code before the Battle of Midway. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

BOOK TALK:  Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal
Wednesday, March 28, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Samuel Halpern discusses a modern-day report on the loss of the Titanic. This ultimate Titanic reference book looks into the American and British inquiries, the passengers and crew, the ice warnings received, the damage and sinking, process of rescue, and the aftermath. Presented in connection with a special National Archives Featured Document Display on the Titanic March 19–April 23. A book signing will follow the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify dates and times of the programs, call 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.

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