Press Release
Press Release ยท Friday, August 20, 2004

Press Release
August 20, 2004


October 2004 Free Public Programs at the National Archives

Washington, DC . . . In October, the National Archives and Records Administration showcases its new conference space and state-of-the-art William G. McGowan Theater with an outstanding series of author lectures and booksignings, and a two-day conference exploring Hispanic genealogy.

The McGowan Theater and Jefferson Conference Room are located in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Room G-17 is located in the National Archives Building Research Center. Please note: the public must use the National Archives Building Pennsylvania Avenue entrance between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, to access Room G-17. Some lectures will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, facility.

Friday, October 1 & Saturday, October 2
Location: William G. McGowan Theater and Jefferson Conference Room
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Genealogy Conference and Booksigning

"Hispanics and the Formation of the American People"
Authors, archivists and genealogists will gather to discuss the primary and secondary sources available to trace family history. Guest speakers include professors George Ryskamp, Carolina Crimm, Carlos Vega and Barbara Mujica; NARA archivists Constance Potter, Michael Hussey and Claire Kluskens; genealogists Marie Melchiori and Claire Bettag; Arthur Cresce, Chief of the Ethnic and Hispanic Branch in the Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau; Federal Historian Marian Smith of the USCIS, and members of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research.

Tuesday, October 5
Location: Jefferson Conference Room
Time: 12:00 noon
U.S. Navy in World War II

University of North Carolina Professor William Generous will discuss his book, Sweet Pea at War: A History of the USS Portland (CA-33). Few ships in American history have had as illustrious a history as the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), known by her crew as "Sweet Pea." With the destruction of most of the U.S. batt