Friday, February 23, 2007

NGS PRESS RELEASE: US Archivist Weinstein to speak

NOTE: This was just released by the NGS. All inquiries should be addressed to Jeanne Lund, as listed below.

Arlington, VA. 23 February 2007

Archivist of the United States Professor Allen Weinstein to speak at the NGS Conference in the States and Family History Fair, Richmond, VA.

Professor Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, will make opening comments at the National Genealogical Society’s Conference in the States and Family History Fair on Wednesday 16th May, 2007 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel.

Professor Weinstein began his service as the 9th Archivist of the United States in February 2005, leading the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The mission of NARA is to serve "American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people discover, use and learn from this documentary heritage." The genealogical community is one of the Archives biggest stakeholders and the records the National Archives preserves including census, immigration and military records, are essential to family history and genealogical research.

Professor Weinstein has previously spoken of the story of America being more than the story of historic figures making landmark decisions – it is the story of individuals and families, seeking and exercising their Constitutional rights, striving for a better life, and nurturing an open and vibrant democracy. These stories are told in records held by the National Archives.

Professor Weinstein will discuss the major goals of NARA as enumerated in its new Strategic Plan and NARA’s intense efforts to develop partnerships with stakeholder groups.

Further information on the NGS Conference in the States & Family History Fair can be found on the NGS website at:

Contact Jeanne Lund
National Genealogical Society – (703) 525-0050, ext. 112. (703) 525-0052 (Fax).

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