National Archives Nationwide Celebrates Archives Month in October
Press Release · Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…The National Archives continues its celebration of American Archives Month in October with free public programs nationwide.

***Please note: due to the government shut down, many programs could not take place, and were cancelled or will be rescheduled. The updated list follows.

U.S. National Archives, Washington, DC

All programs will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater. Please use the Special Events Entrance at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. These programs will be webcast live on the National Archives UStream channel: [].

  • Wednesday, October 23, at 7 p.m.

Breaking the Line: Sports as a Catalyst for Social Change

During the 1960s, sports played a significant role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Football coaches and players at historically black colleges and universities led the push for racial equality in sports. Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, will moderate a panel including former NFL players James Harris and R. C. Gamble, as well as Michael Hurd, sports writer and co-founder of the Black College Football Museum. The panel will discusses the efforts of these coaches and players to prove the intellectual acumen of African Americans at a time when the prevailing prejudice said that blacks were not smart enough to be successful at the game. A book signing and cocktail reception will follow the program. The public program and reception are sponsored by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. and an anonymous donor.

  • Friday, October 25, at noon

Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole

Richard Byrd and Roald Amundsen competed to be the first to fly over the North Pole. Author Sheldon Bart discusses their race and the epic struggle that ended in an enduring mystery: who was the first man to fly over the North Pole? A book signing will follow the program.

  • Tuesday October 29, at noon

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

They were the political odd couple—the two most powerful men in the country who, in author Chris Matthews’s words, "couldn’t be more different or more the same." For six years Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O’Neill. Their philosophies were miles apart—Reagan intent on scaling back government, O’Neill fervent in defending it. Yet there was common ground and a mutual respect—political and personal—that showed how bipartisan cooperation can work. A book signing will follow the program.

  • Wednesday, October 30, at noon

All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

John Hay witnessed the creation of the Republican Party, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the prelude to the First World War. Much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt comes to us through the observations Hay made while private secretary to one and Secretary of State to the other. Author John Taliaferro gives a rich and fascinating portrait of this brilliant American. A book signing will follow the program.

  • Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.

Ninth Annual McGowan Forum on Communications

Communicating the Presidency: Presidential Photographers

What is it like to photograph the most powerful person in the world? The Presidential photographer documents history, capturing official events, and private moments. A panel moderated by Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House Press Secretary during President Clinton’s first term, includes veteran Presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Sharon Farmer (Bill Clinton), and Eric Draper (George W. Bush). The panel will discuss the photographs as they are projected on screen, and their personal recollections of photographing the Presidents. Presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association and the White House Correspondents’ Association. This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

National Archives at New York City

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, at One Bowling Green, NY, NY.

Tuesday, October 29 – Open House and special programs

  • Finding Family: Beginner Genealogy at the National Archives , noon–1 p.m., Learning Center Learn how to begin your genealogical research using Passenger Arrival, Census and Naturalization records at the National Archives. To register, the public should email or call 866-840-1752.
  • National Archives Open House: 1– 3 p.m., Learning Center

Come learn about our nation’s record keeper, go on an archival adventure or begin your family history research. Ongoing tours of our new facility include a walk-through of our Research Center and views of original document in our New York on the Record gallery, including Annie Moore’s passenger Arrival record, the first person processed at Ellis Island, a selection of series Topps Baseball trading cards, and so much more. No registration required.

  • New York’s National Treasures, noon – 2 p.m., 2nd floor Rotunda

Uncover the rich treasures of the National Archives with this ongoing discovery session that highlights some our most requested and most important documents. No registration required.

National Archives at Kansas City, MO

Unless otherwise noted, all programs will take place at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

  • Wednesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m.

Genealogy Workshop; More than Just Ship Passenger Arrival Lists

While online sites can help with genealogy research, there remains much more that is not online! Learn what original records you can find at the National Archives and what you can discover online. Records include passport applications, naturalization documents, passenger arrival lists and more!

  • Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. program
    Chis Cruz on How Fred Harvey's Concepts Changed the Railroad Dining Industry.

Topeka-based railroad historian Chris Cruz shares his insights on how the Fred Harvey Company impacted dining cars. This lecture is part of the Fred Harvey Lecture Series.

  • Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Preservation Matters: Dos and Don’ts, Digital Records, and Disaster Response
Workshops will share practical preservation techniques for protecting family records. Bring a single item to the Preservation One-on-One clinic to get guidance on how to preserve it for years to come. Reserve a time slot from 12:30 –2:30 p.m. by emailing or calling 816-268-8000.

National Archives at St. Louis, MO

***Programs will take place at Lambert International Airport, Terminal 1 Display Windows on the following Fridays from 2–5 p.m.: October 25, November 1, and November 8.

American Archives Month Archivist Talk and Records Display

To celebrate American Archives month, the National Archives at St. Louis will debut two display exhibition windows at the Lambert International Airport. The windows span nearly sixty feet and are located near the Terminal One baggage claim. One display features large images of men and women who have served in the armed services or were employed by the Federal government. The second display window offers a glimpse inside the St. Louis preservation lab, where trained staff preserve and restore records including military personnel files damaged in the 1973 fire. Archival staff will be on hand to greet arriving passengers, distribute literature, answer questions about genealogy research, preservation work to restore documents in the 1973 fire, and encourage the public to visit the National Archives at St. Louis.

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