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Saturday, April 17, 2010

NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO CELEBRATE JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

For Immediate Release:

April 15, 2010

Panel to discuss the Jewish experience during the Civil War

Washington, DC. On Thursday, May 27, at 7 PM, the National Archives will celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with a special program entitled: The Jewish Experience During the Civil War. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

To commemorate fourth annual Jewish American Heritage Month, a panel will discuss the contributions of the Jewish men and women during the Civil War. The discussion will focus on documents and events including General Grant's Order 11, which called for the expulsion of all Jews in his military districts. Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, will moderate a panel including Eli Evans, former president of the Revson Foundation and author of Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate; and Dr. Pamela S. Nadell, director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University and co-editor of Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Spring/Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 10 AM-7 PM daily.

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