National Archives Hosts 6th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program September 27
Press Release · Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Screening and discussion of "John F. Kennedy 1917-1963"

Washington, DC…The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives will present a special program and screening of the late Charles Guggenheim’s film, John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, on Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in downtown Washington. This event presages the upcoming October 12th opening of “Eavesdropping on History: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis - A 50th Anniversary Exhibit.”The exhibit will be held in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery and runs through February 2, 2013.

Commissioned for the 1979 dedication of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, John F. Kennedy 1917–1963 captures JFK’s life highlighting his humor, eloquence, leadership, and courage facing challenges at home and abroad.

Following the 33-minute film, historian Timothy Naftali will moderate a discussion with Harris Wofford, JFK’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights, and film editor Jay Lash Cassidy, who worked on the film and was a longtime friend and collaborator of Charles Guggenheim.

This event, the sixth annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program, is free and open to the public. The program is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives.

Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. The National Archives Building is located just off the National Mall, between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues and 7th and 9th streets. Please use the Special Events entrance at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

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. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation for a public program, email or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event. To contact the National Archives, please call 202 357-5000 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482. National Archives Exhibit Hours are 10 AM-5:30 PM.

The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives was established in 2004 in honor of four-time Oscar®- winner and past president of the Foundation for the National Archives. The Center’s mission is to advance public understanding of the process, challenges, and social impact of documentary filmmaking and to promote the education of young people and professionals. The Center is both a living legacy of an internationally acclaimed producer and director and an extension of America's premier resource for documentary film research.

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at

The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent nonprofit that serves as the National Archives’ private-sector partner in the creation of and ongoing support of the National Archives Experience, which includes permanent exhibits, educational programs, traveling exhibits, special events and film screenings, and historical/records-related products, publications, and media. The Foundation helps the public understand the importance of the holdings of the National Archives by presenting the depth and diversity of the records through award-winning, interactive educational exhibits and programs. It generates financial and creative support for the National Archives Experience from individuals, foundations, and corporations who share a belief in the importance of innovative civics education. In addition, the Foundation has taken the Archives nationwide through online initiatives such as the Digital Vaults online exhibit and DocsTeach, a web-based educational resource. These components make the rich resources of the National Archives accessible to Americans nationwide.

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

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