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National Archives Hosts Noontime Programs in June
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Washington, DC

Programs Highlight Thomas Jefferson and Asian-Pacific Heritage

Washington, DC…In June, the National Archives will host noontime programs on the topics of Thomas Jefferson and Asian-Pacific heritage. Both programs are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The public should use the Special Events Entrance to the National Archives, at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Book Talk: Friday, June 4, at noon, Jefferson Room
In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal

The belief that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with slave Sally Hemings has long been a topic of discussion and disagreement among many of today’s historians. In his book, In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal, William G. Hyland argues that historical evidence points to Randolph Jefferson, the President’s wayward younger brother, as the most likely of several possible candidates to have had a liaison with Hemings. A book signing will follow the program. The book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) before and during the event.

Film: Wednesday, June 30, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority

In conjunction with the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall and its theme of Asian Pacific American Connections, the National Archives and the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives present this 2008 documentary film biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, who in 1965 became the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress. A film by Kimberlee Bassford. (56 minutes.)

The National Archives Building is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, see the Calendar of Events online.

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