2015 Press Releases

National Archives Revisits Boardwalk Empire on May 21 at 7 p.m.
Press Release · Monday, May 4, 2015

Washington, DC

Boardwalk Empire: Behind the Scenes of the HBO Series

Washington, DC…On Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a special program on the history behind HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire. Inspired by Nelson Johnson’s New York Times best-selling book: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and the Corruption of Atlantic City, HBO re-created the realism and texture of Prohibition-era Atlantic City. With video clips and behind-the-scenes stories, Terence Winter -- creator, writer, and executive producer of the series – will moderate a panel including: Gretchen Mol, the actress who played Gillian Darmody; Edward McGinty, Jr., the actor who portrayed Ward Boss Boyd and research adviser for the show; Vincent Piazza, the actor who played Lucky Luciano; Lesley Robson-Foster, visual effects supervisor; and author Nelson Johnson. A book signing will follow the program. Presented in partnership with HBO.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum and on YouTube. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution at 7th Street NW. The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events.

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.

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