2018 Genealogy Fair Session 2- Federal Records that Help Identify Former Slaves and Slave Owners

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This presentation will highlight some of the most important federal records for identifying former slaves and slave owners, including:

Civil War and later military service and pension records
Confederate slave payrolls
Bureau of Pensions Law Division case files
Freedmen’s Bureau records
Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company records
Southern Claims Commission claims files
Coastwise slave ship manifests
Fugitive slave case files

Presented by: Claire Kluskens, Reference and Digital Projects Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, DC

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Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage and Vision

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In celebration of the March 2017 grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor’s Center, we join the National Park Service in presenting a panel discussion examining the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the ongoing preservation of her Maryland birthplace. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, abolitionist, suffragist, Civil War nurse, spy, commander, and freedom agent, Tubman’s contribution to the causes of universal freedom and equality rank her among the nation’s most significant agents of change.

President Lincoln Assassinated!!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning

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Historian Harold Holzer recaptures the drama of Lincoln’s assassination, the hunt for the conspirators and their military trial, and the nation’s mourning for the martyred president. Using original eyewitness reports, medical records, trial transcripts, newspaper articles, speeches, diary entries, and poems, Holzer reveals of one the most shocking and tragic events in our history. A book signing will follow the program.

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Reconstruction and the Fragility of Democracy

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Historian Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, discusses the Reconstruction era (1863–1877) during which large numbers of black men became voters and office-holders. Yet this time also saw a violent counter-revolution that wiped out the possibilities of interracial democracy for more than a half century. Presented in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies.

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Challenge to Democracy, ca. 1944

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Creator: Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. (02/16/1944 – 06/30/1946) (Most Recent)

Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1939 – ca. 1945
Record Group 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1941 – 1989

Release Date: ca. 1944

Scope & Content: This film documents the lifestyle of Japanese-Americans (also known as Nisei) relocated during World War II. Scenes show housing at relocation centers in Arkansas and at Heart Mountain, Wyoming; the evacuees as they attended schools; held elections (they were self-governing); and produced crops (under irrigation) at the centers. Released Nisei worked in a sugar beet field, on an Illinois farm, in a machine shop, a candy factory, etc. Additional footage includes parts of three newsreels that focus on the Japanese-American military contribution to the war: Nisei soldiers as they ran through an obstacle course at Camp Shelby, Mississippi; General Mark Clark as he decorated the Japanese-American 100th Infantry Battalion in Italy (RKO Pathe News); Nisei troops of the 442nd Combat Team as they rescued a “lost” battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment in France (RKO Pathe News); and as Nisei troops fired artillery in France (Movietone News).

Access Restriction: Unrestricted
Use Restriction: Restricted – Possibly
Note: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property rights restrictions.

Contact: National Archives at College Park – Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected]

National Archives Identifier: 39226
Local Identifier: 210.5

Big Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church of Atlanta Petition to Congress

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This Inside the Vaults video short tells the story of the African-American congregation of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of Atlanta, who petitioned the U.S. Congress for compensation after the Civil War. The church was burned to the ground during the Civil War by Union troops under General William Tecumseh Sherman’s command. Their seven-page petition, in the legislative holdings at the National Archives, is a heartfelt narrative of the church’s history and includes 234 signatures of free blacks and former slaves who were members of the congregation. The claim was presented to Congress on February 14, 1866, but the name of the church that appears in the petition is found nowhere else in the federal claims records. National Archives Senior Archivist Reginald Washington used the National Archives holdings to discover that the church never received compensation and that it still exists today as Big Bethel Church.

Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

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The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who have Fed Our First Families, from the Washington’s to the Obamas

In The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, award-winning author, Adrian Miller, vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington; black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history. A Book Signing will follow the program.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

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A panel discusses the true story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them. Ed Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, moderates Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom; Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University; and Adam Rothman. A book signing will follow the program.

Freedman’s Bank 150th Anniversary Celebration

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On March 3, 2015, Operation HOPE Forums and the Afro-American History Society of the National Archives (AAHS) will recognize the 150th anniversary of the Freedman’s Bank. Established on March 3, 1865, by President Abraham Lincoln, the Bank was a landmark institution that had over $57 million in deposits and 70,000 depositors. The Bank’s records remain the single largest repository of lineage-linked African-American genealogy, containing upwards of 480,000 names.

Members of AAHS will present Freedman’s Bank records at the National Archives, and there will be a moderated discussion with Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant, Ambassador Andrew Young, ESSENCE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Vanessa DeLuca, and other dignitaries on the historical significance of the Bank and how its unfinished journey still resonates today in issues of poverty, income inequality, and race relations. A reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public, register online.

Boulder Dam – 1937

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This Department of Interior film captures Boulder Dam — better known as Hoover Dam — in the midst of its construction. See how the Colorado River flowed before, and after, the construction of what was then the world’s tallest dam.

Part 1 shows the Colorado River and the arid deserts of the Southwest. Bulldozers build a road to the proposed dam site. A train brings in supplies and materials made throughout the U.S. The dam site is surveyed. Shows Boulder City, Nev., including workmen’s dormitories, kitchen, and mess hall. Workers ride to the dam site in trucks and drill and blast out diversion tunnels. Power shovels clear debris. In part 2, diversion tunnels are blasted open and coffer dams are constructed. Bulldozers and trucks clear excavated material. Sand and gravel is brought in by train and is screened, washed, and graded. Concrete is mixed and is carried by truck and locomotive to the dam site. In part 3, concrete is poured into forms. Shows the interior of a tunnel, the intake towers, spillways, and penstock valves. Tubing is made at the dam site and is assembled by workmen. In part 4, penstock pipe sections are trucked from factory to the dam site and lowered into position by cable. Concrete is poured into coffer dams. President Roosevelt speaks at the dedication ceremonies. Shows flashes of spillways, transmission towers, and power lines, and an aerial view of Boulder Dam and Lake Meade.

Boulder Dam, 1937

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Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures.

ARC ID 11722

Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

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Earthmoving machinery
Electric engineering
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Department of the Interior. Bureau of Reclamation.(06/20/1923 -11/06/1979 ), Producer
Boulder City (Clark county, Nevada)
Colorado River

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Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital

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In their book, Chocolate City, professors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove tell the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation’s capital. Washington has often served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, and the drug war. But, the city is also rich in history of local activism as the citizens struggle to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights. A book signing follows the program.

Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown University

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Adam Rothman, professor of history at Georgetown, discusses the university’s roots in the slave economy of early America and their implications for today. He describes university efforts to research its history and reach out to descendants of the Maryland Jesuit slave community. Rothman is part of the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation. Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., as the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture to open the 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History.