National Archives Presents Free Civil War-Themed Public Programs in January
Press Release · Thursday, December 23, 2010

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a special series of programs in January including book talks, a presentation on political cartoons of the Civil War, and a screening of three parts of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, inspired by Part II, Consequences, of the Discovering the Civil War exhibition. The programs are free and open to the public. Three of the programs will be held in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. For programs in the Jefferson Room of the National Archives Building, please use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. The program on political cartoons of the Civil War will be held at the Newseum.

Discovering the Civil War Part II, Consequences, is featured in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, 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 winter hours (through March 14) are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily. The exhibition is presented by the Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Political Cartoons of the Civil War and Their Role in Shaping History, Thursday, January 6, at 7 p.m.
Newseum’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
How do political cartoons from the Civil War era reveal what Americans thought about the war and how they participated in the politics of the day? An illustrated discussion featuring both Union and Confederate political cartoons will be moderated by Harold Holzer, co-author of The Lincoln Image: Abraham Lincoln and Popular Print. Panelists include Joshua Brown, author of Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America, John Adler, who compiled for the online resource HarpWeek, Illustrated Civil War