National Archives Welcomes Millionth Visitor in FY 2008
Press Release ยท Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Washington, DC…The National Archives welcomed its millionth visitor for Fiscal Year 2008 on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Visitor Mary Jo Grippen, from Littleton, Colorado, was warmly greeted by National Archives staff. Expressing surprise as the person reaching this milestone, Ms. Grippen excitedly exclaimed “I’m stunned. This is quite an honor for a history buff!” Mrs. Grippen is no stranger to the National Archives – she stops by to see the Charters of Freedom whenever she is in town. A few years ago she brought along an exchange student from Finland.

Large numbers of visitors come to the National Archives to see the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the Public Vaults exhibition, programs and films in the William G. McGowan Theater, and changing exhibits in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. “Visitors come to the National Archives in large numbers to discover and learn from their past. Here they can glimpse that past through the documents dealing with the actual events and the people who have influenced the most pivotal moments in our nation's history," said Archivist Allen Weinstein.

The National Archives Experience is made possible by a public/private partnership between the National Archives and Records Administration and the Foundation for the National Archives, which is the private sector partner that support s the creation of these new exhibitions and educational programs and resources:

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom

On permanent display are the Charters of Freedom - the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution