Press Release
January 24, 2013

National Archives Hosts Program on America’s Political System February 28

The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

Washington, DC…On Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a discussion titled “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.” This public program is free, and no registration is required. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

A panel of former members of Congress will discuss America’s political system, including redistricting, closed primaries, and the 24-hour news cycle. Moderated by New York Times journalist Jackie Calmes, panelists include Mickey Edwards (R-OK), author of The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans; Charlie Stenholm (D-TX); David Skaggs (D-CO) and John Porter (R-IL).A book signing follows the program. This program is presented in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Congressional Records at the National Archives
Since the First Congress in 1789, the records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have documented the history of the legislative branch. These records remain the legal property of the House and Senate, but are preserved and made available by the Center for Legislative Archives, part of the National Archives. Through its public outreach programs, the Center uses these records to promote a better understanding of Congress and the history of American representative government. See more information [].

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is fully accessible. Take Metro’s Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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