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Press Release · Monday, January 6, 2003

Press Release
January 6, 2003
Winter Prologue Highlights Milestone Documents, New Features, and A Redesign

Some of the most important documents in American history—from its founding during the Revolution to its maturation as a world power in the 20th century—are highlighted in the Winter 2002 issue of Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Sporting a newly redesigned, more contemporary look, Prologue also includes in its Winter issue the story of the first, and only, time U.S. troops were stationed on Russian soil. Another article describes the origins of U.S.-China policy in the first half of the 19th century. Both articles draw significantly on NARA holdings.

The Winter Prologue also contains several new regular features that focus on NARA holdings, activities, and programs. In each issue "Pieces of History" will provide the story behind a particular document in NARA's holdings that played a pivotal role in American history. Another new feature will focus on the activities of the Foundation for the National Archives, a not-for-profit organization that supports many of the agency's programs.

The cover story, “Our Documents' Captures America's Milestones,” describes the National Archives' role in the White House's civics initiative, “Our Documents,” which focuses on the 100 most important milestone documents in U.S. history, most of which are in NARA's holdings. Also included is a list and description of the 100 documents. For more information, see www.ourdocuments.gov on the World Wide Web.

Another article, “Travels of the Charters of Freedom” by NARA archivist Milton Gustafson, explains how the most famous of the nation's documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, came to the Archives in 1952 and how they had been preserved since their creation in the late 1700s. Today, these two documents, along with the Bill of Rights, are receiving conservation treatment in preparation for their return to public exhibition in September 2003 in the renovated Rotunda of the National Archives Building.

In “A Day in the Life of NARA,” Prologue provides photographs that show the many varied activities that occ