Throughout July, the National Archives will present a series of engaging public programs, available both in person and online, covering a wide array of historical topics and interactive experiences.

Highlights include:

  • National Treasure Hunt: One Step Short of Crazy (In Person and Online): Aubrey Paris and Emily Black delve into the historical accuracy and ethics depicted in the film National Treasure, with a book signing to follow. [Saturday, July 1]
  • National Treasure Screening (In Person Only): A screening of the 2004 film National Treasure, featuring Nicolas Cage as treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates. [Saturday, July 1]
  • Sunday Concert Series at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (In Person Only): A series of concerts throughout July, featuring a variety of music genres including ragtime piano and barbershop chorus. [Sundays in July]
  • July 4th at the National Archives! (In Person Only): A Fourth of July celebration featuring educational programs, historical figure interactions, and a patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence. [Tuesday, July 4]
  • Meet Frederick Douglass (In Person and Online): An interactive presentation by actor Phil Darius Wallace portraying the influential abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass. [Tuesday, July 4]
  • Kid Detectives: Virtual History Camp at the National Archives (Online Only): A week-long camp where kids can explore American history and their family’s past with the help of National Archives resources. [July 10-14]
  • “Civics for All of US” Teacher Workshop (Online Only): A workshop focused on teaching the Constitution in K-5 classrooms, utilizing primary sources from the National Archives. [Tuesday, July 11]
  • The Continental Dollar: How the American Revolution Was Financed with Paper Money (Online Only): Farley Grubb presents a new perspective on the financing of the American Revolution through paper money. [Wednesday, July 12]
  • Swing Era Music and Dance with the Beantown Swing Orchestra (In Person Only): An evening of Swing Era music, dance lessons, and a historical presentation at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. [Wednesday, July 12]
  • Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America’s Soul (In Person Only): Author A.J. Baime recounts the story of the 1948 Presidential election at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library. [Wednesday, July 12]
  • First Family: George Washington’s Heirs and the Making of America (Online Only): Cassandra A. Good explores the role of George Washington’s step-grandchildren in American society and politics. [Tuesday, July 18]
  • The National Archives Comes Alive! Young Learners Program—Meet Ulysses. S. Grant (Online Only): An interactive presentation with Curt Fields as Ulysses S. Grant, discussing his life and legacy. [Thursday, July 20]
  • One More War to Fight: Union Veterans’ Battle for Equality Through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Lost Cause (In Person and Online): Stephen A. Goldman examines the post–Civil War era from the perspective of Union soldiers advocating for civil rights. [Thursday, July 20]
  • Storytime at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (In Person Only): A family-friendly event featuring stories and a craft activity. [Saturday, July 22]
  • Daniel Wallace: This Isn’t Going to End Well (In Person Only): Author Daniel Wallace shares his memoir at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. [Tuesday, July 25]
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Britain and the American Dream (Online Only): Peter Moore discusses the origins and impact of the “American dream” concept. [Wednesday, July 26]
  • The Eight: The Lemmon Slave Case and the Fight for Freedom (In Person and Online): A discussion with Albert M. Rosenblatt on the Lemmon Slave Case at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. [Wednesday, July 26]
  • The Abolishment and Relocation of Native American Tribes (In Person and Online): A lecture on the Indian Termination Policy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. [Thursday, July 27]
  • Stephen Bright and James Kwak: The Fear of Too Much Justice (In Person Only): A presentation on the failures of the criminal legal system at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. [Thursday, July 27]

These diverse programs offer unique insights into American history, culture, and the legal system, providing engaging experiences for attendees of all ages.

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