Press Release
Press Release ยท Friday, January 17, 2003

Press Release
January 17, 2003
National Archives Author Lecture Series in March and April 2003

Washington, DC . . . In March and April, the National Archives and Records Administration presents a series of lectures relating to Irish American History, the Vietnam War, War of 1812 and a special symposium celebrating the centennial anniversary of aviation in the United States.

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. Due to limited seating in Room 105 of the National Archives Building, reservations are recommended; call the National Archives public programs line at (202) 501-5000. TDD users may call (202) 501-5404.


Tuesday, March 4 - Irish American History
Mr. Mel Sanchez will speak about the St. Patrick's Battalion. Mr. Sanchez will explain the historical forces of the famine, nativists' prejudices prevalent at the time, their desertions, the military campaigns of the Battalion in the Mexican American War, their capture and subsequent hangings and other punishments, the influence this battalion had on Civil War policies and the military cover-up all the way until 1972 when the transcripts for the court martial proceedings were finally allowed for public display in the National Archives. Mr. Sanchez teaches Mexican American Studies at Santa Ana High School, California. This co-sponsored by the Irish Arts Festival. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11 - Vietnam War
Professor Howard Jones will discuss his book, Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War. Drawing on the recently declassified Church Committee hearings on the U.S. role in the assassinations of Diem and his brother Nhu, the newly released tapes of White House conversations, and personal interviews with Robert McNamara, John Kenneth Galbraith, Roger Hilsman, Dean Rusk and others from the president's inner circle, Professor Jones sheds new light on exactly what went on within the administration. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18 - War of 1812
Colonel David F