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Press Release
August 19, 2003


National Archives Participates in Arts on Foot Festival, Saturday, September 20

Washington, DC. . .As part of its celebration of the reopening of the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the National Archives will join in the festivities of the Pennsylvania Quarter's 10th Annual Arts on Foot Festival on Saturday, September 20, 2003. The festival runs between 11:00am and 5:00pm, and will feature Washington, DC's visual and performing artists at multiple venues between 4th and 14th Streets, Pennsylvania Avenue and L Street.

The National Archives will participate under the tent on F Street, NW between 7th and 8th Streets by bringing part of the new National Archives Experience to visitors with its Patent Puzzler games that showcase fascinating patent records from its holdings.

The National Archives will also host a Children's Book Fair and many other family activities Saturday, September 20, at the National Archives Building at 700 Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, as part of two weeks of free public programs and family activities celebrating the reopening of the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.

Children's Book Fair
Special Exhibits Gallery of the National Archives Building
700 Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.

  • 11 a.m. - Kathleen Karr signs her book, It Happened in the White House Ellen Showell, author of From Indian Corn to Outer Space, Women Invent in America
  • Noon - Katherine Paterson, author of Jip, His Story Brenda Seabrooke, author of The Boy Who Saved the Town
  • 1 p.m. - Susan Roth, author of Nothing but Miracles, an illustrated version of Miracles, the poem by Walt Whitman from his Leaves of Grass Rosalyn Schanzer, author of How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark and How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning
  • 2 p.m. - Laura Krauss Melmed, author of Capital! Washington DC from A to Z Michelle Green, author of A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie Peanut Johnson
  • 3 p.m. - Wendie Old, author of To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers Mary Lyons, author of Catching the Fire: Philip Simmons, Blacksmith and Talking With Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist.

Other events that will be held at the National Archives Building on Saturday, September 20 are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. - midnight - Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom open for public viewing.
  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Hands-on learning activities and previews of the Public Vaults. Activities include:
    • Film Corner - Footage of 4th of July activities, NOVA footage of re-encasement of Charters of Freedom; film from the National Institute on Standards and Technology about the Charters.
    • Ask the Expert Corner - Guest speakers from National Archives staff and demonstrations from artisans. Topics covered include restoration of Rotunda murals, preservation of documents, choosing exhibit items, etc.
    • Hands-on/Learning Center - Featuring the Patent Puzzler, Scavenger Hunt and other activities.
    • Present Meets the Past - Visit with
    • noteworthy historical characters from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
  • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Live performances, celebrating the musical holdings of the National Archives, on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building
  • 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Live performances, celebrating the musical holdings of the National Archives, on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building
  • 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.- Live performances, celebrating the musical holdings of the National Archives, on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building
  • 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Patriotic Sound and Light Show on Constitution Avenue side of the National Archives Building.

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For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: 202-501-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at: www.archives.gov/about_us/calendar_of_events/index.html.

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