May 12, 2014 Program to Honor 75th Anniversary of "These Are Our Lives"

Volume of Life Histories Was Published by Federal Writers’ Project in 1939

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“These Are Our Lives,” a book of life histories from the Federal Writers’ Project, turns 75 this year. This seminal volume from the New Deal era will be celebrated during a Books & Beyond program on Thursday, May 15, at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

This event, sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The program will be presented by historians David A. Taylor, author of “Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America”; Ann Banks, author of “First-Person America”; and Virginia Millington, director of the StoryCorps Archive, which is broadcast on NPR and housed at the Library of Congress. The authors will discuss how life histories were gathered, the legacy of the WPA life histories for StoryCorps, their research into the Library of Congress’ incomparable New Deal collections and new opportunities for life-history archives.

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