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  • September 17 Saturday

    Washington, DC - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

    “Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

    Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Kluskens is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions.
  • Washington, DC - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Constitution Day Family Activities

    Celebrate in the home of this important document by participating in exciting, hands-on activities.
  • September 14 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 2:00pm

    What’s New at FamilySearch

    FamilySearch provides free online access to over 2,079 record collections with 1.2 billion images, 5.36 billion searchable names, research assistance, genealogical education, community forums, and more.
  • Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies, and Crises

    During the four decades of the Cold War, there were periods of intense crisis, when, almost by accident, the world was spared nuclear war.
  • September 13 Tuesday

    Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

    New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye discusses his recent biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and Presidential candidate. 
  • Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

    New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye discusses his recent biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and Presidential candidate.
  • September 8 Thursday

    Washington, DC - 7:00pm

    The People and the Police

    After the 1968 riots in Washington, DC, the Office of Economic Opportunity produced a series of films about the Pilot District Project, created to foster the development of community programs.
  • August 31 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 5:30pm

    Amending America Hands-on Adult Workshop

    Enjoy a special after-hours viewing of our “Amending America” exhibit before joining presenter Kate Campbell Stevenson on an acting adventure as she brings the women’s suffrage movement to life.
  • August 17 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    EVENT CANCELLED

    The World According to Star Wars

    Cass Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption.
  • August 11 Thursday

    Washington, DC - 2:00pm

    DC Emancipation Act

    In 1862, the DC Emancipation Act freed enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. Damani Davis, archivist, discusses petitions filed by owners and slaves under the Act.
  • August 3 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 5:30pm

    Escape Room! Hands-on Adult Workshop

    Back by popular demand! Celebrate the NPS centennial. Tackle puzzles and ciphers about the National Park Service to solve a mystery in time during this “escape room” for adults.
  • August 1 Monday

    Washington, DC - 10:00am

    Featured Activities in ReSource Room

    Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service by exploring documents and activities related to the more than 300 national parks across the United States.
  • July 19 Tuesday

    Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

    Eric Jay Dolin traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles that were fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines.
  • July 18 Monday

    Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    “Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

    Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? Archivist Claire Kluskens is available to answer your questions. Sign up for first-come, first-served 20-minute appointments at the Microfilm Research
  • July 4 Monday

    Washington, DC - 9:00am

    July 4th Celebration

    Celebrate Independence at the National Archives Building on the Constitution Avenue steps between 7th and 9th Streets.
  • June 29 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 10:00am

    Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program

    Take on the role of researchers and archivists for a day! During a two-hour simulation, help the President and Bob, his communications director, prepare for a very special press conference.
  • June 28 Tuesday

    Washington, DC - 10:00am

    Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program

    Take on the role of researchers and archivists for a day! During a two-hour simulation, help the President and Bob, his communications director, prepare for a very special press conference.
  • June 10 Friday

    Washington, DC - 12:00pm

    Jeremiah

    On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton took off from the aircraft carrier USS Independence to lead a 28-plane mission over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam.
  • June 8 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 7:00pm

    Memorials for the Future

    Washington, DC, offers a rich commemorative landscape filled with monuments that evoke a sense of national heritage and identity.
  • Washington, DC - 5:30pm

    Escape Room! Adult Workshop

    Tackle puzzles and ciphers about the National Park Service to solve a mystery during this “escape room” for adults.
  • June 2 Thursday

    Washington, DC - 2:00pm

    U.S. Constitutional Amendments

    Co-curator Christine Blackerby will discuss the records in our new exhibit, “Amending America,” which celebrates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
  • June 1 Wednesday

    Washington, DC - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Magna Carta Featured Activities in the ReSource Room

    Celebrate one of the documents that set the foundation for our Bill of Rights and led to years of conversations about rights. June 1–30 (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.--4 p.m.)
  • February 29 Monday

    Kansas City, MO - 3:45pm

    EVENT CANCELLED

    A Young General and the Fall of Richmond by Bill Quatman

    Despite his military achievements and his association with many of the great names of American history, Godfrey Weitzel (1835–1884) is perhaps the least known of all the Union generals.

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.

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