PSA-For Immediate Release
September 27, 2006
EISENHOWER AND KHRUSHCHEV
TO PARTICIPATE IN COLD WAR MUSEUM CONFERENCE
ON 1956 POLISH AND HUNGARIAN UPRISINGS
FAIRFAX, VA, September 27, 2006--The Cold War Museum in conjunction with the Embassies of Hungary and Poland will convene a distinguished gathering of diplomats, officials and historians on Saturday, October 14 in Fairfax County to discuss the 1956 Polish and Hungarian uprisings against the Soviets and Communism. A sell out crowd is expected. Registration forms and additional information is available online at www.coldwar.org/1956.
The daylong program will be at the South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, in Lorton, Virginia. South County students are assisting with conference logistics and 250 students are scheduled to attend the event. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the program starting at 9:00 a.m. Fairfax County Supervisor Chairman, Gerald Connolly, will provide opening remarks. The conference fee through October 6th, 2006, is $25. All payments made after October 6th, 2006 are $40. Ticket price includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from three panels. The first panel will include noted Polish historians talking about the Polish uprising: Dr. Padraic Kenney, Dr. Krzysztof Persak, and Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz. The second panel will focus on Hungary during the 1950s and in particular the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Dr. Imre L. Toth, the surviving Secretary of the Revolutionary Committee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Imre Nagy Government, will join Dr. Charles Gati, author of "Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt" on the Hungarian panel. Ms. Julia Vasarhelyi, whose father was minister in the Nagy government in 1956, will recount her family's experience and exile to Rumania after the uprising.
Mr. David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Dr. Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev will discuss international reflections of the 1956 events on the third panel. Panels will be moderated by Christian Ostermann of the Cold War International History Project the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. U.S. Representative from Fairfax and Prince William Counties, Tom Davis, is invited to provide closing remarks. A book signing will follow the conference from 4- 5 pm.
Breakout sessions will include the collection of oral histories from area Nike Missile and other Cold War veterans. During one of the breakout sessions a photo shoot for the Cold War Museum is planned with participating dignitaries. Plans call for the museum's permanent headquarters to be located on the grounds of the former National Nike Missile Site also in Lorton, Virginia, one mile away.
Following the conference, the Polish and Hungarian Ambassadors in Washington, DC will co-host an evening reception for invited guests.
The Hungarian and Polish Embassies, American Hungarian Federation, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, the Hungarian Technology Center, as well as the Cold War Museum and the South County Secondary School, are hosts for the program. Sponsors include EnviroSolutions, Inc., K. Hovnanian® Homes, Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks, Northern Virginia Community College, Verizon, and Vulcan Materials Company.
More information: Francis Gary Powers, Jr., 703-273-2381;
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