Free Civil War-Themed Films and Author Lectures
Press Release · Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a special series of programs in July and August including author lectures, and film screenings, inspired by its current exhibit Discovering the Civil War. The programs are free and open to the public and will be held at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.

Discovering the Civil War Part I: Beginnings, is featured in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, through September 6, 2010. Part II: Consequences, opens November 10, 2010 and runs through April 17, 2011. The exhibit peels back 150 years of accumulated analysis, interpretation, and opinion to reveal a Civil War that is little-known and even more rarely displayed. The exhibition offers visitors the chance to join researchers in unlocking secrets, solving mysteries, and uncovering unexpected events in the Civil War records of the National Archives. Museum Spring/Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. The exhibition is presented by the Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Saturday, July 17
The Red Badge of Courage

John Huston directed this drama based on Stephen Crane’s novel, published in 1895, about a young Union soldier facing the horrors of war. Starring Audie Murphy. (1951; 70 minutes