The National Archives Presents Noontime Programs in February
Press Release · Saturday, February 19, 2011
Washington, DC…The National Archives presents noontime programs in February. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. For programs in the Jefferson Room and the William G. McGowan Theater, please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. For programs in Room 105, please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.
BOOK TALK: Near Andersonville - Winslow Homer's Civil War
Monday, February 7, at noon,Jefferson Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
American painter Winslow Homer rose to national attention during the Civil War, but one of his most important early paintings, “Near Andersonville,” remained unknown for a century. In this illustrated lecture, author Peter Wood reveals the long-hidden story of this remarkable Civil War painting. Wood examines the interplay of symbolic elements and links the painting to Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign of 1864. Wood’s provocative study offers a fresh vantage point on Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the dramatic closing years of the Civil War. 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.
BOOK TALK: An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, DC
Tuesday, February 8, at noon, Jefferson Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
In An Example for All the Land, author Kate Masur discusses Washington, DC, during the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The city became a laboratory for political experimentation as the question of racial equality produced a debate about black Washingtonians and their demands for public respect, equal access to employment, public services, and the right to vote. 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.