Press Preview for National Archives Attachments Immigration Exhibit June 14, 2012
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June 7, 2012

Press Preview for National Archives "Attachments" Immigration Exhibit June 14, 2012

"Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates"


A special “sneak preview” to launch the new National Archives exhibition: “Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates.”

“Attachments” tells the stories of men, women, and children who found themselves at the gateways to America between 1880 and the end of World War II. Their stories are told through original documents and photographs that were “attached” to government forms, and draw from a few of the millions of immigration case files at the National Archives.


  • Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, grandson and great-grandson of Irish and Italian immigrants
  • Exhibition Curator Bruce Bustard, grandson of a Scottish immigrant
  • Special guest Michael Pupa, who is the only living person featured in the exhibition. A Polish orphan whose parents were murdered by the Nazis, he escaped with an uncle and hid in the Polish forests. He then spent six years in refugee camps after the war. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1951 and ended up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he now lives with his family.
  • Special guest Erika Lee, a renowned historian of American immigration, whose grandparents are part of the exhibition. She discovered her grandparents’ wedding photograph while conducting research using immigration records at the National Archives at San Francisco.


The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Building, Washington, DC
Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.


Thursday, June 14, 2012
1 PM – Remarks
1:30 PM – Exhibit Tours

“Attachments” is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from June 15 through September 4, 2012. The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW.

Spring/Summer hours are 10 AM – 7 PM (through Labor Day). Fall/Winter Exhibit Hall hours are 10 AM – 5:30 PM daily (through March 14).

The National Archives thanks the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington for its support for this event.

Please Note: No Artificial Light May Be Used in the Exhibition.

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For more information on or to obtain images of items included in the exhibition, call the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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