Press Release
Press Release · Tuesday, June 2, 1998

Press Release
June 2, 1998
National Archives Celebrates Bastille Day with Lecture on "Paris in the Fifties"

Washington, DC. . . Join in the Bastille Day festivities at the National Archives and Records Administration with two noontime lectures: On Monday, July 13, professor Lloyd Kramer will discuss two famous French personalities: Lafayette and de Tocqueville. On Tuesday, July 14, journalist Stanley Karnow will offer a nostalgic look at Paris in the 1950's. Both lectures are at noon in Room 105 of the National Archives Building, located at Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The programs are free and open to the public.

On July 13, Lloyd Kramer, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of "Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions," will discuss Lafayette, de Tocqueville, and the French Contribution to American National Identity. Mr. Kramer compares the two French travelers’ perspectives of America, their observations on political revolutions, and how early 19th-century Americans came to an understanding about their own history by drawing on French accounts of the United States. Published by University of North Carolina Press. The hardcover book will be for sale at the discounted price of $31.95 on July 13 only.

Mr. Karnow who is the author of "Paris in the Fifties," spent a decade in the City of Light while pursuing his career as a foreign correspondent. On July 14, he will introduce us to the people he met -- the rich and famous, the philosophers, the politicians, the artists, the crooks and the cops. A video clip will be shown from the CBS television program, Sunday Morning, that features Mr. Karnow revisiting his Parisian haunts of the 1950's. Mr. Karnow’s book, published by Times Books, will be available for purchase at the discounted price of $20.00, on July 14, only. (Please note that during noontime, Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed to automobile traffic between 9th and 12th Streets, NW, for the Bastille Day race.)

The public may verify times and dates of programs by calling the National Archives public events line at 202-501-5000 (TDD users may call 202-501-5404). Visit the National Archives on the World Wide Web at

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.


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