2016 Press Releases

National Archives Presents a Discussion of -Memorials For the Future- on June 8
Press Release · Thursday, June 2, 2016

Washington, DC

Ideas competition finalists to be announced

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents an expert panel discussing Memorials for the Future: Designing a Memorial for the 21st Century. The program is free and open to the public, reserve your seat online or watch a live stream on the National Archives YouTube channel US National Archives YouTube Channel

The program is presented in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission, the National Park Service, and the Van Alen Institute.

Memorials for the Future: Designing a Memorial for the 21st Century

Washington, DC, offers a rich commemorative landscape filled with monuments that evoke a sense of national heritage and identity. But how might we develop and experience the next century’s memorials, telling more of America’s stories?

Tonight, an expert panel moderated by Jason Schupbach, director of design programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses these topics and the relationship of commemoration to memory, identity, and place-making in the nation’s capital. Panelists include Edward T. Linenthal, history professor at the University of Indiana; Brent Leggs, a preservation division senior field officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and artist Janet Echelman.

Before the discussion, David van der Leer, executive director of Van Alen Institute, will announce the three finalist teams for the Memorials for the Future ideas competition.

The program will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum. 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.

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