Programs Feature First Women of Yale, Political History of Cigarettes, and More
Press Release · Thursday, September 26, 2019

Washington, DC

Special noontime programs at the National Archives in October include a political history of The Cigarette, a biography of Thomas Paine, and Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant (in conjunction with the current exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote).

These programs are free and open to the public and will be held at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at Seventh Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins.

BOOK TALK & SIGNING: The Cigarette: A Political History
Thursday, October 3
Reserve a seat; watch the live stream on our
YouTube Channel
Tobacco is the quintessential American product. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man, the plant occupied the heart of the nation’s economy and expressed its enduring myths. In The Cigarette, professor Sarah Milov discusses the untold political story of the rise and fall of the most controversial consumer product in American history.

BOOK TALK & SIGNING: Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant*
Tuesday, October 8
Reserve a seat; watch the live stream on our
YouTube Channel
In the winter of 1969,  young women from across the country sent in applications to Yale University for the first time. Yale’s landmark decision to admit women was a step forward for equality in education. In Yale Needs Women, author Anne Gardiner Perkins tells the story of how these young women fought against the male cultural traditions of a centuries-old institution and created the opportunities that would carry them into the future. 

Presented in partnership with the 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative, the National Council of Negro Women, and the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area.

BOOK TALK & SIGNING: The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes
Thursday, October 10
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YouTube Channel
In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources to recount the the murder and sentencing hearings and address the questions that continue to fascinate—issues of morality, sanity, sexuality, religious assimilation, parental grief and responsibility, remorse, and the use of the death penalty.

Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence
Tuesday, October 15
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YouTube Channel
From bestselling author and Founding Fathers' biographer Harlow Giles Unger comes the astonishing biography of Thomas Paine, the man whose pen set America ablaze, inspiring its revolution, and whose ideas about reason and religion continue to try men's souls.

*Programs presented in conjunction with our exhibition: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).


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