2016 Press Releases

National Archives Holds Free Records Programs in July and August
Press Release · Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Washington, DC

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This summer, the National Archives holds research and genealogy programs highlighting records from its holdings. These programs are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. For programs in the McGowan Theater, please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. For programs in the Research Center, please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Station.

The August 11 program will be live streamed on the US National Archives Know Your Records playlist on YouTube. Presentation materials will be available online.

Black Sailors and Citizenship in the Era of the Gag Rule
Thursday, July 14, at noon, Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)

Kate Masur, professor at Northwestern University, will discuss race, rights, and citizenship between the 1820s and the Civil War and her book project, "Police Powers, the Anti-Slavery Movement, and the Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment."

DC Emancipation Act
Thursday, August 11, at 2 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube (Constitution Ave. entrance)

In 1862, the DC Emancipation Act freed enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. Damani Davis, archivist, discusses petitions filed by owners and slaves under the Act.

Know Your Records has made available online extensive videos, handouts, and presentations from our live programs. Learn how to do research at the National Archives using Federal holdings including census, immigration, and military service, and pension records. See the Know Your Records playlist.

SAVE THE DATE - Virtual Genealogy Fair October 26 and 27, 2016
Join us for the annual National Archives virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube, October 26 and 27, 2016. Speakers include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. Revisit last year's popular event online. Video recordings and handouts for all ten sessions are available.

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