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National Archives Hosts Special Noontime Programs in March
Press Release · Sunday, January 10, 2016

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of noontime public programs in March. These programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and streamed live on YouTube, unless otherwise noted. Book signings will follow each book talk. 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.

Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, March 4

Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson’s wife, who died at the young age of 33 in 1782. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, law professor William G. Hyland, Jr., discusses this little-known figure who presided over the domestic life of the Monticello during her husband’s long absences and rise to power.

Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking
Friday, March 6

As we launch our new exhibit, Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, author Mark Will-Weber will recount the role alcohol played in memorable moments of our country’s history while also offering us a look into the liquor cabinets and the beer refrigerators of the White House.

Related exhibit: Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History
Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, March 6–January 10, 2016

Spirited Republic uses nearly 100 National Archives documents and artifacts to reveal the Federal Government’s efforts, successes, and failures to change our drinking habits, from whiskey rations to the Continental Army to the Whiskey Rebellion to Prohibition and beyond. The stories they tell echo today’s debates over regulating drinking and the legalization of other drugs. Spirited Republic is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of HISTORY® and the Lawrence F. O'Brien Family.

The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation
Thursday, March 12

Thomas Fleming examines how the differing characters and leadership styles of Washington and Jefferson shaped two opposing views of the Presidency and the nation, influencing the next two centuries of America’s history.

Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 24

The parks and gardens of Washington, DC, contain tremendous biodiversity. Mark A. Klingler, illustrator, takes us on an urban safari, showing the wild side of the nation’s capital. This program is presented in partnership with the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Related Program:

Friendship Between Nations Family Day: National Cherry Blossom Festival Event
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Boeing Learning Center

Enjoy hands-on activities and celebrate the Cherry Blossoms! Learn more about this gift from Japan to the United States and about other fun ways nations express their friendship, cooperation, and goodwill toward each other. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Remembering the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday, March 24, Washington Conference Room

Paula Young Shelton, educator, author, and daughter of civil rights activist Andrew J. Young, will discuss the roles of notable female activists/organizers of the civil rights movement. She will address the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma and how it relates to current events.

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request.

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