The National Archives Presents Special Programs in December

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Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of public programs in December on topics ranging from Jews in the Civil War to the history of paper! These events are free and open to the public.

With the exception of the December 11 and December 19 genealogy research workshops, all programs will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. 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.

WORKSHOP: Genealogy Research using the National Archives Online
Wednesday, December 11, at 11 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Please use the Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance)

Archives staff teach a 90-minute, hands-on workshop on how to navigate Archives.gov. If you don’t know where to start or have gotten lost in your research, this workshop will help you understand how to use Archives.gov to further your research goals. Registration required. Email: Nancy.Wing@nara.gov.

BOOK TALK: The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler
Wednesday, December 11, at noon

To continue doing business in Germany after Hitler’s ascent to power, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films that attacked the Nazis or condemned Germany’s persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals this bargain for the first time—a “collaboration” that drew in a cast of characters from notorious German political leaders such as Joseph Goebbels to Hollywood icons such as Louis Mayer. A book signing will follow the program.

FILM SCREENING: The Mortal Storm
Wednesday, December 11, at 2 p.m.

Author Ben Urwand introduces a screening of MGM’s The Mortal Storm (1940; 100 minutes), one of the few directly anti-Nazi Hollywood films released before the American entry into World War II. James Stewart stars as a German who refuses to join the rest of his small Bavarian town in supporting the Nazis. Directed by Frank Borzage.

PRESENTATION: Manassas, Gettysburg, and Baltimore Street?
Thursday, December 12, at noon

Marvin Pinkert, executive director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland (and former director of the National Archives Experience, now the National Archives Museum), returns to the McGowan Theater to present surprising discoveries made in the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s own collection for a new exhibit that opened in October. "Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War," originated by the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum, reveals a new landscape of the conflict through the lens of the Jewish experience.

BOOK TALK On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
Friday, December 13, at noon

Nicholas Basbanes discusses the history of paper from its invention in China eighteen hundred years ago. He reveals how paper has been used to record history, make laws, draw designs and blueprints, and conduct business. Even modern hygienic practices would be unimaginable without paper. A book signing follows the program.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive
Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m.

Join the team working on the Iraqi Jewish Archive Preservation Project for a discussion about their daily work to preserve and make available the documents from this collection. Learn about the recovery effort and the history of the project. Find out about other books and documents not seen in the exhibit. Hear from conservators about treatments used to stabilize materials for digitization. Digital imaging specialists will talk about the incredible work put in to make all the unique materials available for access. Presented in partnership with the National Archives Assembly.

WORKSHOP: Genealogy Research using the National Archives Online
Thursday, December 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Room G-25, Research Center (Please use the Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance)

Archives specialist, Nancy Wing, shares tips on how to navigate Archives.gov for your genealogy research in this one-hour lecture. No registration needed.

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request. To request a sign language interpreter for a public program, please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000 or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD 301-837-0482).

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