National Archives Hosts Program with Former White House Chiefs of Staff on April 3
Press Release · Thursday, March 28, 2013

Washington, DC…Five former White House Chiefs of Staff—representing four different Presidents—discuss their jobs, lessons learned, and personal recollections of managing the White House at the National Archives this Wednesday, April 3.

The program, “The Inside View: White House Chiefs of Staff,” will be webcast live on the National Archives UStream channel []. Sponsored in partnership with the Aspen Institute, it will begin at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater in the National Archives Building, located near the National Mall.

David Gergen, former Presidential advisor and Director of the Center for Public Leadership, moderates the panel of former White House chiefs of staff: Donald Rumsfeld (Ford), Kenneth M. Duberstein (Reagan), Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty (Clinton), John Podesta (Clinton), and Joshua Bolten (George W. Bush). Remarks will be made by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and Eric Motley, Vice President and Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute.

The program is free and open to the public. The National Archives Building is located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

Due to the popularity of this program, seating will be very limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations will be accepted. Free tickets will be distributed at the National Archives Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue, beginning one hour prior to the start time. You must be present to receive a ticket. Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to start time.

The program is open to press coverage, but press seating is limited. Please RSVP in advance to

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily.

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

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