Press Release nr98-53
Press Release · Wednesday, February 25, 1998

Washington, DC

Press Release
February 25, 1998
National Archives and Records Administration Announces April Schedule for Lectures and Booksignings

Washington, DC . . . In April, the National Archives and Records Administration presents free lectures and booksignings that relate to the Presidency, civil rights and a new exhibition at the National Archives.

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).

Wednesday, April 1 - Presidency series
Robert V. Remini will discuss "Andrew Jackson: Democracy, Indian Removal, and National Identity." Remini won the National Book Award and the George Washington Medal of Honor for his three-volume biography of Andrew Jackson, now available in paperback, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Noon. Room 105.

Thursday, April 2- Vice Presidency series
Timothy Walch, Director of the Herbert Hoover Library in West Branch, IA, will discuss At the President’s Side: The Vice Presidency in the Twentieth Century, published by University of Missouri. The talk will focus on the changing contours of Vice Presidential power from Theodore Roosevelt to Al Gore. Noon. Room 105.

Monday, April 6 - Civil Rights
Taylor Branch will discuss his new book, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65, the second of three volumes in a history of the civil rights movement. His first book, parting the Waters, won the Pulitzer Prize. Published by Simon & Schuster. Noon. Theater.

Tuesday, April 7- Presidency/Civil War
John C. Waugh will discuss Abraham Lincoln and the politics of 1864. In Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency, Waugh recreates the drama of that volatile election in which Lincoln faced Democratic challenger George McClellan. Published by Crown. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) has been invited to introduce today’s program. Noon. Theater.

Wednesday, April 8 - Designs for Democracy series
Building a Landmark: The National Building Museum’s Historic Home. Linda Lyons, a consultant in architectural history and programs, will discuss the design and construction of the Pension Building, 1882B1887, its history, and its adaptive reuse as the National Building Museum. Noon, Room 105. Tour: 1 P.M.

Monday, April 13 - Photographic Archives
E. E. O’Donnell, author of The Last Days of the Titanic: Photographs and Mementos of the Tragic Maiden Voyage, will present photographs taken by Irish passenger Father Francis Browne, a Jesuit priest and photographer, who sailed on the first leg of the Titanic’s journey from Southampton to Ireland. James Cameron, director of the film Titanic, used the photographs during filming to ensure historical accuracy in the movie. Published by Roberts Rinehart. Noon. Theater.

Tuesday, April 14 - Duke Ellington Birthday
John Hasse, curator of American music at the National Museum of American History, will discuss "The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington." The program celebrates Duke Ellington’s 99th birthday and will feature 70 slides and excerpts from 10 important recordings. Hasse’s book, Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington, has been published by DaCapo in paperback. Noon. Theater.

Wednesday, April 29 - Designs for Democracy series
Dana Wegner, curator of ship models for the Department of the Navy, will discuss "U.S. Navy Ship Models." In 1883 the U.S. Navy began building museum-type display models of nearly every class of new ship. As three-dimensional documents, they now form a history of ship design. Today the Navy’s 1,900 models constitute one of the world’s largest, finest, but least known maritime treasures. Noon. Room 105.


"The Long View" showcases more than 20 examples from among NARA’s holdings of over 3,500 panoramic photographs. Related items and photographs enrich the story of this fascinating form of photography. Theater lobby at the National Archives at College Park. On display indefinitely.

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


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