2016 Press Releases

The National Archives Hosts Special Public Programs in April
Press Release · Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of daytime programs in April. These programs are free and open to the public and will be heldat the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and streamed live on the National Archives YouTube Channel, where noted. Book signings will follow each book talk. 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.

BOOK TALK: John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit
Thursday, April 7, noon, William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams, was a brilliant ambassador and Secretary of State, a frustrated President at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office—at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate. James Traub draws on Adams’s diary, letters, and writings to evoke a diplomat and President whose ideas remain with us today.

RECORDS TALK: Diets, Textiles, and Electricity: Records That Impacted the Domestic Lives of Americans
Monday, April 11, 2 p.m.,
William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

Archivist Pamela Anderson highlights records from the National Archives at Kansas City that impacted or improved the domestic lives of American citizens, including records from the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics, the Rural Electrification Administration and the Patent Office. Presentation materials are online.

Saturday, April 16, noon–4 p.m., Microfilm Room, Research Center (Penn. Ave. entrance)

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.

BOOK TALK: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
Monday, April 25, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu, threatening to destroy tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts. In his book, journalist Joshua Hammer tells the incredible story of how librarian Abdel Kader Haidara and his associates’ rescued some 370,000 historical manuscripts.

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