A sneak preview screening of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a new PBS documentary by Ken Burns, will be held on Sunday, September 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Knute Nelson Grand Arbor campus, 4403 Pioneer Road S.E., Alexandria.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

After the showing, there will be a discussion with local history enthusiasts on the connections between the careers of Senator Knute Nelson and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a new seven-part, 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns that will air Sunday, September 14 through Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m. on public television stations throughout the country.

The film weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, members of one of the most influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been told in a single narrative.

The series encompasses history such as the creation of national parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the New Deal, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights around the world. It is also a human story about love and betrayal, family and courage.

Actress Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings. Joining Streep are Paul Giamatti as the voice of Theodore Roosevelt and Edward Herrmann, two-time Emmy Award nominee, as the voice of Franklin.

“This is a special program that will appeal to anyone with an interest in our nation’s history,” said Cindy Bigger, a Pioneer Public TV community advisory board member who is organizing the event with the help of several local sponsors. “There will be door prizes and a brief discussion following the screening.”

For more information call 1-800-726-3178.