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Press Release · Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Press Release
February 13, 2002
March and April 2002 Lecture Series at the National Archives

Washington, DC . . . In March and April, the National Archives and Records Administration presents a series of lectures relating to Irish American History, U.S. Military History, Women's History, and the release of the 1930 Census.

The programs are free and open to the public and will take place in Room 105 at the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW and at the National Archives at College Park, located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. Since Room 105 in the National Archives Building has limited seating, reservations can be made by calling (202) 208-7345. 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.


Tuesday, March 5- Irish American History
Timothy Meagher, Adjunct Associate Professor and University Archivist at Catholic University will discuss his book Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class, and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880-1928. Focusing on Irish American communities at the turn of the twentieth century and three generations of his family, Timothy Meagher reveals how an ethnic group can endure and yet change when its first American-born generation takes control of its destiny. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6 - Irish American History
Edward O'Donnell, will discuss his book, 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish-American History. Mr. O'Donnell covers everything from the Irish in the military and politics, to their contributions to sports, business, literature, the arts, and much more. He is a professor of American history at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo newspaper. 7 p.m.

Monday, March 11 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
Trevor Plante will talk about the "U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion." Based on his article in the 1999 Winter issue of Prologue, Mr. Plante examines the records housed at the National Archives as they relate to the conflict in China in 1900. Trevor Plante is an archivist in the Textual Reference Services Division of the National Archives. Noon.

Thursday, March 14 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
Lt. Col. Jon T. Hoffman USMCR will talk about two legends of the Marine Corps, Lewis Puller and Mike Edson. Lt. Col. Hoffman's books Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, and Once a Legend: 'Red Mike' Edson of the Marine Raiders examine the extraordinary careers of these men. He is the Deputy Director Marine Corps History and Museums Division. 7 p.m.

Monday, March 18 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
Brig. Gen. Ed Simmons USMC (Ret.) will discuss the history of the Marine Corps. The title of his talk, "Books in Print and Books in Progress about the U.S.M.C." will draw upon his previous books The United States Marines: A History, The Marines, and Dog Company Six, as well as his upcoming work, Frozen Chosin: The U.S. Marines at Changjin Reservoir. Noon. The lecture will be given at College Park on March 20 at Noon.

Tuesday, March 19 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
Jim Dickenson will discuss We Few: The Marine Corps 400 in the War against Japan. This Special Officer Candidate School curriculum concentrated on infantry tactics and weapons, and 90 percent of the class wound up as platoon leaders on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. With a casualty rate of 58 percent, many believe they had the highest casualty and decoration rates of any Marine OCS class of World War II. 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
Captain Wilbur Jones USNR (Ret), author and military historian, will discuss his book, Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine, which records, interprets, and analyzes the Marine's personal and cultural history using primary source material. Noon and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
David Sullivan will discuss his four volume series, The United States Marine Corps in the Civil War. Spending more than twenty-five years researching this series, Sullivan used letters, diaries, journals, and other primary resources to describe the exploits of the Corps and its impact on the American Civil War. 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 - Women's History
Donna Lucey will discuss her book, I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation: 1600 to 1920. Through diaries, letters, and rare photographs and art works, this book evokes the many struggles and indispensable contributions of women who forged the nation we know today. Noon.


Thursday, April 4 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Robert Rush will discuss his book, Hell in Hürtgen Forest: The Ordeal and Triumph of an American Infantry Regiment. Focusing on the bitterly fought battle between the American 22d Infantry Regiment and elements of the German LXXIV Korps, Rush chronicles small-unit combat at its most extreme and shows why, despite enormous losses, the Americans persevered in the Hürtgenwald "meat grinder." Noon.

Tuesday, April 9 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
To commemorate the 137th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, National Archives archivist Trevor Plante will discuss the events of that day in April 1865 and the records related to Lee's surrender at Appomattox and the Confederate surrender of arms. Noon.

Tuesday, April 9 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Ed Ruggero, author of Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders provides an account of a year at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A former instructor at West Point, he reveals the secrets of building the future leaders of America. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Lt. Col. Carafano USA, Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, will discuss his book, After D-Day: Operation Cobra and the Normandy Breakout. Lt. Col. Carafano provides a step-by-step analysis of Operation Cobra, the code name for Allied breakout from the attrition-style battles in Normandy. Noon AND 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 11 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Dr. William Hammond analyzes the operations of the Army's last segregated infantry regiment in, Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry in Korea. The book describes the climate of racial prejudice emanating from all levels of command that surrounded the regiment and then uncovers the legacy of that prejudice on the field of battle. Noon AND 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17 - Civil War Lecture Series
Jay Winik analyzes the final day of the Civil War in April 1865: The Month That Saved America. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic. Noon.

Wednesday, April 17 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Rory Quirk focuses on his father's career in Wars and Peace: The Memoirs of an American Family. Lt. Col. James F. Quirk was the public affairs officer for George S. Patton Jr. and his Third U.S. Army. Following World War II, after a short stint in civilian work, Col. Quirk was recalled to active duty to work for Gen. Matthew Ridgway during some of the darkest days of the Korean War. 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Lt. Col. Mike D. Doubler USA will discuss his book, I Am The Guard: A History of the Army National Guard, 1636-2000, the National Guard's first official history. 7 p.m.

Monday, April 22 - 1930 Census
Constance Potter, a National Archives expert on the 1930 Census, will describe the questions on the 1930 census, explain the instructions to the enumerators, and show the different finding aids that are available for the census. Noon.

Tuesday, April 23 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
John Taylor will discuss his book, General Maxwell Taylor: An American Legend. General Taylor's role in three wars, his participation in the Bay of Pigs investigation, and the Cuban missile crisis, made him a key player in U.S. foreign affairs during a large portion of the twentieth century. Noon.

Wednesday, April 24 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
National Archives military archivist Mitch Yockelson will discuss "Brothers in Arms: Doughboys and Tommies on the Western Front, 1918." Highlighted with references to primary sources at the National Archives, Mr. Yockelson examines the history and combat experiences of the U.S. Army and the British Army during World War I. Noon.

Wednesday, April 24 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
David Hogan will discuss his book, A Command Post at War: First Army Headquarters in Europe, 1943-1945. Mr. Hogan is an historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Dr. Edgar F. Puryear, Jr. will discuss his book, American Generalship: Character is Everything/The Art of Command. Dr. Puryear interviewed more than one hundred four-star generals and admirals including many of the high level commanding generals of World War II (Eisenhower, Bradley, Spaatz, et al) and virtually all of the post-war members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in his analysis of what is required to excel as a leader in America's armed forces. Noon.

Thursday, April 25 - Civil War Lecture Series
Dr. William Gienapp, professor of history at Harvard University, will discuss his books about Abraham Lincoln. In Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America, he shows how a former backwoodsman and country lawyer rose to become one of our greatest presidents. In This Fiery Trial: Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Gienapp brings together more than one hundred pieces by Lincoln. 7 p.m.

Monday, April 29 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Graham A. Cosmas will discuss his book, An Army for Empire: The United States Army in the Spanish-American War. Mr. Cosmas studies the organization, administration, and strategic direction of an Army awakening to new responsibilities in the 20th century. Noon.

Tuesday, April 30- U.S. Army Lecture Series
Commemorating the anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, historian Bob Sorley will discuss "Vietnam Remembered," based on his three books, Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Time; Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson and the Ethics of Command; and A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam. Noon. College Park. - 7 p.m. in Room 105.

National Archives at College Park Lectures
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD

Wednesday, March 20 - U.S.M.C. Lecture Series
Brig. Gen. Ed Simmons discusses "Books in Print and Books in Progress about the U.S.M.C." Noon. Lecture Room A.

Tuesday, April 30 - U.S. Army Lecture Series
Bob Sorley. "Vietnam Remembered." Noon. Lecture Room D.

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