National Archives Public Programs in January


In January, the National Archives will present free public programs at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, at its Presidential Libraries nationwide, and online. Programs this month include a book talk with Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist Antonia Hylton, author of Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum, and a ceremony for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday, as well as a continuation of the Concert Series at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum program.

(In person) Sunday Concert Series at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Sunday, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. PT
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA
Open to the public
January 7: Eric Marchese and Friends - Ragtime Piano
January 14: TBA
January 21:  Robert Zappulla - Harpsichord Recital
January 28: TBA

(In person & Virtual) Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle to Save Reconstruction
Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. ET
William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Museum, Washington, DC
Author Fergus Bordewich  and Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan will discuss how President Ulysses S. Grant waged a two-term battle against both armed Southern enemies of Reconstruction and Northern politicians with postwar conciliation.

(In person) Paint and Sip
Saturday, January 27, at 10 a.m. CT
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, MO
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Join artist and Truman Library events manager Azalea Michel-Whitley for the inaugural Paint & Sip brunch. Inspired by the Thomas Hart Benton mural Independence and the Opening of the West, you'll create a keepsake while sipping mocktail mimosas and enjoying light brunch refreshments.

(In person) Ceremony & Birthday Cake: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Tuesday, January 30, at 3 p.m. ET
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY
Open to the public
The National Park Service will hold a Rose Garden Ceremony to commemorate Franklin Roosevelt's Birthday. Following the ceremony, the FDR Presidential Library will invite attendees to return to the Wallace Center for birthday cake and refreshments.

(In person) Antonia Hylton, Author of Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum
Wednesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. ET
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA
Open to the public
In Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum, Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist Antonia Hylton tells the 93-year-old history of Crownsville Hospital, one of the last segregated asylums with surviving records and a campus that still stands to this day in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She blends the intimate tales of patients and employees whose lives were shaped by Crownsville with a decade-worth of investigative research and archival documents. Madness chronicles the stories of Black families whose mental health suffered as they tried, and sometimes failed, to find safety and dignity.

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