Press Release
Press Release · Wednesday, January 27, 1999

Press Release
January 27, 1999
The National Archives Features Women's History Films in March

Washington, DC . . . In March, the National Archives and Records Administration presents film screenings featuring topics in Women’s History and the major exhibition "Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives," which opens March 12.

The screenings will be held in the theater of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and in the auditorium the National Archives at College Park, which is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the National Archives at College Park. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (201) 501-5000. The hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information.

Please Note: The theater at the downtown National Archives Building is equipped with a system that allows the hearing-impaired to use a set of headphones, or neck loop and a small receiver, to enhance the volume of the public address system. Visitors may request these devices in the projection booth.

Washington, DC, Events

Friday, March 5--Women’s History Month
Union Maids is the story of three women who were part of the energetic birth of the Congress of Industrial Organizations during the 1930s--a landmark period for the American labor movement. A film by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein and Miles Mogulescu. (48 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Friday, March 12--Women’s History Month
A Midwife’s Tale, released in 1997, chronicles 18th-century American life through the remarkable story of midwife and healer Martha Ballard. Combining dramatic re-creation and documentary, the film is based on historian Laurel Ulrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which documents Ballard’s life using diary entries spanning 27 years. Produced by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt. (90 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Friday, March 19--Picturing the Century
America and Lewis Hine, released in 1984. This award-winning documentary portrays the life and times of America’s pioneer social photographer, Lewis Hine (1874-1940), who recorded the development of industrial America during the first four decades of the 20th century. Directed by Nina Rosenblum. (56 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Friday, March 26--Picturing the Century
(Special screenings in participation with the 1999 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.)
Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life, released in 1997, profiles the life and work of an artist who recorded some of the most evocative photographic images of the 20th century. Dorothea Lange chronicled an era of great social upheaval. Her most memorable photographs reveal the debilitating effects of the Depression, the tragic uprooting of the dustbowl farmers, and the shameful relocation of the Japanese Americans interned during World War II. (50 minutes.) Noon and 7 P.M. Theater.

College Park, MD, Events

(For descriptions of College Park films, see above listings)

Wednesday, March 3--Film
*Union Maids (48 minutes.) Noon

Wednesday, March 10--Film
*A Midwife’s Tale (90 minutes.) Noon

Wednesday, March 17--Film
*America and Lewis Hine (56 minutes.) Noon

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


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