Noontime Programs at the National Archives in May 2008
Press Release · Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Washington, DC…The National Archives will present three noontime programs in May on women’s activism during World War I, and on naval history. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. The building is fully accessible.

The Search for Negotiated Peace: Women's Activism and Citizen Diplomacy in World War I
Wednesday, May 7, at noon, Jefferson Room
Author David Patterson discusses his book, The Search for Negotiated Peace, the gripping story of the events that moved high-profile American and European citizens, particularly women, into the international peace movement in reaction to the massive carnage of World War I. This small transatlantic network put forth proposals for changing the international system of negotiation and develop a "new diplomacy." The Search for Negotiated Peace tells the story of the social history of World War I and the foundations of citizen activism today.

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
Friday, May 9, at noon, Jefferson Room
In 1805 the world’s waterways were dominated by a massive and elite British naval force. But in less than a decade, it would be humbled by an inferior U.S. Navy. In his first book, Ian W. Toll discusses the origins of today’s formidable naval fleet, the heroism of its captains, the tenacity of its officers, and six astonishing ships. This program is presented in partnership with the Naval Heritage Center.

If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy- from the Revolution to the War of 1812
Thursday, May 29, at noon, Washington Room
George C. Daughan discusses the early history of the U.S. Navy in his book, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy—from the Revolution to the War of 1812. When the American colonies took up arms against Great Britain, they were confronting the greatest sea power of the age. The fledgling navy had to prove itself not only on the seas but also to a reluctant American government. This program is presented in partnership with the Naval Heritage Center.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300.

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.


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