2014 Press Releases

Press Preview for National Archives “Making Their Mark” Exhibit March 18
Media Alert · Thursday, March 6, 2014

Washington, DC

Opportunity to discover "Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures"


A special press-only "sneak preview" to launch the new National Archives’ exhibit: Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures

A signature can be as routine as a mark on a form or as extraordinary as a stroke of the pen that changes the course of history. It can save lives or end them. This sweeping exhibit ranges from an "X" signed by an illiterate slave, to a real "John Hancock," to the mark of an auto pen. Making Their Mark features original signatures from National Archives holdings nationwide – including those from sports, politics, fashion and entertainment – and the stories behind them.

Making Their Mark invites visitors to share how they’ve "made their mark" through posts on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #signature.


David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
A'Lelia Bundles, Foundation for the National Archives Chair
Lawrence F. O'Brien III, Foundation for the National Archives
Jennifer Johnson, exhibition curator


Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 11:30 AM


The Boeing Learning Center and Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7thStreet, NW.

"Making Their Mark" 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 March 21, 2014, through January 5, 2015. The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. National Archives Museum hours are 10 AM to 5:30 PM daily, except Thanksgiving and December 25. For information on National Archives public programs, call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

"Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with the generous support of Lead Sponsor AT&T. Major additional support provided by the Lawrence F. O'Brien Family and members of the Board of the Foundation for the National Archives. Family and educational programming related to "Making Their Mark" is sponsored in part by Fahrney's Pens and Newell Rubbermaid – Parker Pen Company.

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See more information about "Making their Mark" [www.archives.gov/nae/visit/gallery.html] or call the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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