2014 Press Releases

The National Archives Presents Special Daytime Programs this Fall
Press Release · Monday, June 27, 1864

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of daytime public programs this fall. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, unless otherwise noted. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

FILM: Nicky’s Family
Friday, September 26, at noon

Nicky's Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. (2013; 93 minutes) The screening will be introduced by archivist and diplomatic records specialist David Langbart, who recently located a letter from Winton to President Franklin Roosevelt. This discovery was highlighted on 60 Minutes
1939 letter found, plea to FDR to save Jewish kids An archivist makes a stunning find after a 60 Minutes story airs about Sir Nick Winton, the Londoner who saved 669 children from the Nazis

BOOK TALK:  Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America
Monday, September 29, at noon

In Landslide, author Jonathan Darman tells the story of two giants of American politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and discusses how, from 1963 to 1966, these two men—the same age, and driven by the same heroic ambitions—changed American politics forever. From Johnson’s election in 1964, the greatest popular-vote landslide in American history, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, when Reagan burst forth onto the national stage, Landslide brings alive a country transformed—by riots, protests, the rise of television, the shattering of consensus—and the two towering personalities whose choices in those moments would reverberate through the country for decades to come. A book signing will follow the program.

BOOK TALK: You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball
Friday, October 3, at noon

"First in War, First in Peace…and Last in the American League." Expressions such as this fill the story of baseball in the nation’s capital. In his book You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions, author and journalist Frederic J. Frommer provides a complete history of baseball in the DC area, including the 1924 World Series championship team and the Homestead Grays, the Negro League pennant winners. The book features the voices of current and former players, along with Presidents, senators, and political commentators who have called the teams their own. A book signing follows the program.

FILM: Kennesaw: One Last Mountain
Friday, October 10, at noon

In the predawn hours of June 27, 1864, Union officers received an order from Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to assault Confederate forces entrenched along the Kennesaw Mountain line, anchored by an imposing precipice known as the “Gibraltar of Georgia.” Sherman’s mission: capture Atlanta, a critical Confederate rail center and industrial hub. The film Kennesaw: One Last Mountain (2013; 35 minutes) brings this dramatic Civil War story to life. A discussion featuring Executive Producer Adam Eisenberg and Chief Ranger at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Anthony Winegar, will follow the screening. Presented in partnership with the National Park Service.

Nixon Legacy Forum: Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords
Thursday, October 16, at 10 a.m.

On January 23, 1973, President Nixon announced that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, the chief North Vietnamese negotiator, had initialed a peace agreement in Paris “to end the war and bring peace with honor” in Southeast Asia. A panel of experts including KT McFarland, Winston Lord, John Negroponte, and Dick Smyser, will examine the chronology, key players, and impact of the Paris Peace Accords. Presented in partnership with the Richard Nixon Foundation.

FILM: On Approval
Saturday, October 18, at 2:30 p.m.

In this rarely-seen British comedy, two couples in Victorian England decide to find out if they are compatible for marriage by living together for a time, trying out prospective spouses "on approval". Stars Clive Brook, Beatrice Lillie, and Googie Withers. Directed by Clive Brook. (1944; 80 minutes) Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Art.

BOOK TALK: The Map Thief
Thursday, October 23, at noon

Maps have long fascinated viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But for collectors, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, award-winning investigative journalist Michael Blanding describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a respectable antiquarian map dealer who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.

BOOK TALK: Founder’s Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
Thursday, October 30, at noon, Jefferson Conference Room

In Founder’s Son, journalist, biographer and historian Richard Brookhiser presents a compelling new biography of Abraham Lincoln, highlighting Lincoln’s lifelong struggle to carry on the work of the founding fathers. Throughout his career, the founders were the lodestars that guided him, and Lincoln ultimately brought their vision to bear on the Civil War and the question of slavery. A book signing follows 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 public.program@nara.gov 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, call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD 301-837-0482).

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