2016 Press Releases

The National Archives Presents Free Noontime Author Lecture Series in May
Press Release · Friday, April 29, 2016

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of noontime book lectures in May with topics ranging from the National Park Service to the Presidency, and Vice Presidency. Register online.

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 the National Archives YouTube channel. 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.

BOOK TALK: The Last Lynching: How a Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town Wednesday, May 4, & US National Archives YouTube Channel
In 1946, the bodies of two men and two women were found near Moore’s Ford Bridge in rural Monroe, Georgia. Their killers were never identified. Drawing on some ten thousand previously classified documents from the FBI and National Archives, Anthony S. Pitch reveals the true story behind the last mass lynching in America.

BOOK TALK: Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service
Wednesday, May 11, & US National Archives YouTube Channel

Although millions of people viewed George Alexander Grant’s photographs of the American landscape in the mid 20th century, few knew his name then or remember him now. Ren and Helen Davis share his story through his remarkable images, showing Grant’s unsurpassed love of the natural and historic places that Americans chose to preserve.

BOOK TALK: The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden
Thursday, May 19, & US National Archives YouTube Channel

Joel Goldstein presents a comprehensive account of the Vice Presidency as the office has developed from Walter Mondale to Joe Biden. Goldstein will discuss how a constitutional office can evolve as well as the critical role of political leadership in institutional development.

BOOK TALK: The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
Tuesday, May 31, & US National Archives YouTube Channel

Beginning with John F. Kennedy, every President has received a short, personalized daily report from the intelligence community. This top-secret document is known as the President’s Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, as simply "the Book." David Priess, former intelligence officer and daily briefer, offers an unprecedented window into the decision-making of every President from Kennedy to Obama.

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