Virtual Winter Programs at the National Archives
Press Release · Thursday, January 21, 2021

Washington, DC

The National Archives presents a number of programs this winter that are free and open to the public. 

RECORDS TALK: Baking, Soil Erosion, and Rats…Oh My! Using Extension Service Records for Genealogy
Tuesday, January 26, at 2 p.m. ET
The Extension Service, a branch of the Department of Agriculture, provides informal education and training to farmers on topics such as nutrition, and food safety. These Extension Service holdings are some of the most interesting and underutilized records held at the National Archives…and you just never know what you might find! Jenny McMillen Sweeney, an archivist at the National Archives at Fort Worth, shares how these records provide a glimpse into rural life during the first part of the 20th century, and shows how family enthusiasts can use these records to enrich their family narratives. Participate on our YouTube Channel. No registration required.

RECORDS TALK: Migrant Farm Workers and the Evolution of Farm Labor Programs in the United States 
Wednesday, February 10, at 2 p.m. ET
Gabrielle Hutchins, Ph.D. an archivist at the National Archives at College Park, MD, shares federal records documenting migrant farm workers’ participation in U.S. farm labor programs. The Bracero Program (1942 to 1964) brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the United States. By examining records from the Bracero Program, H-2A guest worker programs, and related record groups, we can learn more about their stories from 1942 to the present. Participate on our National Archives YouTube Channel. No registration required.

BOOK TALK: George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation 
Tuesday, February 16, at noon ET
George Washington is remembered for leading the Continental Army to victory, presiding over the Constitution, and forging a new nation, but few know the story of his involvement in the establishment of a capital city. In George Washington’s Final Battle, Robert P. Watson tells how the country’s first President tirelessly advocated for a capital on the shores of the Potomac. This little-known story throws George Washington's political acumen into sharp relief and provides a historical lesson in leadership and consensus-building. Reserve a seat; watch the live stream on our YouTube Channel. 


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