The National Archives Observes Veterans Day with November Public Program Series
Press Release · Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Washington, DC…In observance of Veteran’s Day, the National Archives presents a series of noontime programs in November. These lectures and films are free and open to the public. All programs will be held at National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. All but one of the programs will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater. The November 28 program will be held in the Washington Room. All attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

BOOK TALK:  Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II
Thursday, November 1, at noon
In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Using Kodachrome film, Manbo captured community celebrations and recorded his family’s struggle to maintain a normal life. Eric L. Muller uses these photos to describe Japanese American life in the camps. A book signing will follow the program.

BOOK TALK:  Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge
Wednesday, November 7, at noon
On December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, an SS unit captured more than 80 U.S. soldiers near Malmedy, Belgium, and gunned them down. Although more than 30 men survived, events of that day remained in dispute. Author Danny S. Parker spent 15 years to uncover the truth behind the Malmedy massacre. A book signing will follow the program.

FILM:  A Classic Restored: The Negro Soldier
Friday, November 9, at noon
The Negro Soldier was produced by Frank Capra’s Army motion picture unit to help unite white and black troops in the fight against the Axis. This is a repeat screening of a high-definition version of the film, preserved and digitally restored by the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Team. (1944; 43 minutes)

FILM:  A Classic Restored: John Huston’s "Let There Be Light"
Friday, November 16, at noon
The third in the World War II trilogy commissioned from Academy Award®-winning director John Huston by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Let There Be Light follows the treatment of emotionally traumatized GIs from their admission at a psychiatric hospital to their reentry into civilian life. This is a repeat screening of a high-definition version of the film, preserved and digitally restored by the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Team. (1946; 58 minutes)

BOOK TALK:  Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble’s Boys and the Tripoli Campaign
Wednesday, November 28, at noon, Washington Room
Journalist and historian Chipp Reid discusses one of the greatest sea stories in the history of the U.S Navy. Under Commodore Edward Preble, the Navy came of age fighting the scourge of the time, the infamous Barbary Pirates, who had declared war on the United States in 1801. The exploits of the officers and sailors in this campaign are the stuff of legend. A book signing will follow the program.

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request. To request a sign language interpreter for a public program, please send an email to or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000 or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD 301-837-0482).

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