National Archives Sponsors Lecture Series in September
Press Release · Monday, July 27, 1998

Washington, DC

Washington, DC. . . In September the National Archives and Records Administration sponsors a series of lectures on a wide-range of subjects including the Titanic, the Presidency, and the Constitution.

The programs are free and open to the public and will take place at the downtown National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The public may verify times and dates by calling the National Archives public events line at 202-501-5000 (TDD users may call 202-501-5404).

Thursday, September 10 -- Author Slide Lecture and Booksigning
Presidency series
Dale Nelson, author of a book on Camp David, will discuss his latest book, Who Speaks for the President: The White House Press Secretaries from Cleveland to Clinton. Former press secretaries have been invited to join the discussion. Published by Syracuse University Press. Noon. Room 105 or Theater.

Monday, September 14 -- Authors’ Slide Lecture and Booksigning
John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas, authors of Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy, will show a pictorial record of Titanic’s brief existence. The only two historians to have dived down to the wreck, they will also discuss their recent return to the site of the Titanic in August, 1998. This edition of the book, published by W.W. Norton, includes the 1985 discovery, the 1991 cinematic expedition, and the 1993 research and recovery expedition. The lecture is free, but advance reservations are required. Phone 202-208-6163 by September 10, 1998. Lecture is at 7 P.M. Theater.

Wednesday, September 16 -- Archival Sources Lecture
Abraham Lincoln Series
"Apples of Gold in a Picture of Silver: Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution and Liberty." Although he was against slavery by conviction from the time he entered politics in the 1830's, Abraham Lincoln nevertheless looked upon the Constitution’s implicit guarantees for slavery as an obligation to be honored. Through the 1840's, he offered no support for abolition or for resistance to national slave laws. Guest speaker Dr. Allen C. Guelzo will discuss Lincoln’s "relationship" with the Constitution of the United States. Dr. Guelzo is currently with the Department of History at Eastern College, St. David’s, PA. He is completing an intellectual biography of Abraham Lincoln, Redeemer President: Abraham Lincoln and the Ideas of Americans. Co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic. Noon. Room 105.

Monday, September 21 -- Archival Sources Illustrated Lecture
Designs for Democracy series
"Timberline Lodge: Oregon’s WPA Masterpiece"
Bruce Bustard, co-curator of the Circular Gallery exhibit "Designs for Democracy: 200 Years of Drawings from the National Archives," will discuss his research on the building of Timberline Lodge, a ski lodge built by the WPA on Mount Hood, OR, during the 1930's. Today Timberline Lodge is a thriving hotel and ski resort and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. The audience may view the exhibit following today’s lecture. Noon. Room 105.

Wednesday, September 23 -- Panel Discussion/Memoir Publication
Constitution Program
"White House Scandals: Lawyers and the Criminalization of Politics," will be the topic of discussion by the following panelists: Abner Mikva, former counsel to President Clinton; Richard Cohen, Washington Post columnist; Jane Mayer, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker; Judith Resnik, professor of law at Yale University. The discussion will focus on the contentious issues creating gridlock at the intersection of law and politics and on the role of special counsel. 7 P.M. Theater.

Wednesday, September 30 -- Archival Sources Lecture
Harry S. Truman 1948 Whistlestop Campaign: Snatching Victory from the Mouth of Defeat
As the 1948 Presidential campaign began, political pundits and most Americans thought that Thomas E. Dewey would be the next President of the United States. Harry Truman set out to prove them wrong by taking his message against the "special privilege boys" to "every whistle stop." On election day, Truman surprised the nation with his upset victory. On its 50th anniversary Jerry L. Wallace, a NARA archivist, will discuss President Truman’s famous 1948 Whistlestop campaign, as well as archival and printed sources of information about it. Noon. Room 105.

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


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