Texas Instruments Donates Projection System to the National Archives

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Texas Instruments a longtime supporter of the educational initiatives at the National Archives Experience has donated a new state-of-the-art projection system to the Foundation for the National Archives for the National Archives' William G. McGowan Theater. The donation includes a DLP Digital Cinema projector and associated equipment from Texas Instruments' DLP Products and Christie Digital Systems. The theater began using the new projection system for film showings this fall including the September 22 screening of the 1995 Academy Award-winning film A Time for Justice – a documentary on the Civil Rights movement presented at the 5th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program – as well as the 8th Annual showcase of Academy Award nominated documentaries and short subjects in February 2012. This generous donation will allow the McGowan Theater and The Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives to keep pace with the growing trend in documentary filmmaking to produce and distribute films as high-quality digital files rather than on film videotape or DVD says Tom Nastick public program producer at the National Archives. In addition the equipment improves the image quality of HD and standard definition video presented in the theater. Texas Instruments was a generous contributor to the development of the National Archives Experience and has supported the Foundation for the National Archives' scholarship program for teachers attending Primarily Teaching Institutes at National Archives facilities around the country. Their support also helped make possible the revolutionary website DocsTeach which is being used by thousands of history civics math and science teachers nationwide to create and share lesson plans based on primary sources from the National Archives. We are extremely grateful to Texas Instruments for all they have done to support the National Archives' educational outreach says Thora Colot executive director of the Foundation for the National Archives. This donation in particular is a wonderful tribute to our former Foundation president the late Charles Guggenheim who helped the National Archives create a state-of-the-art venue for the public to view its stunning collection of documentary films. Texas Instruments' donation ensures that the McGowan Theater can continue to present these films with the latest high-quality equipment. It is fitting that this equipment will be used in this week's screening of Charles' own award-winning documentary. We're pleased that TI technology can contribute to the educational experience of visitors to the National Archives says Paula Collins TI vice president of government relations. Our country's future depends on our ability to innovate and be competitive. As students learn about our country's past these resources will also keep them engaged and inspire innovation that's such a critical part of our future. Texas Instruments www.ti.com