National Archives Presents Fall Educational Programs
Press Release · Monday, October 17, 2016

Washington, DC

Spaces are available for Oct. 22 sleepover

Washington, DC -- The National Archives presents educational public programs in October, November, December, and January on topics ranging from the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, Thanksgiving, and the last Museum sleepover of the year!  These programs, for ages ranging from preschool to adult, are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public and will be held in the Boeing Learning Center of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.  Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.  

Sleepover at the National Archives: History, Heroes, & Treasures (Comic book/ Amending America edition)

October 22-23

$125 per attendee; $100 for Foundation  members
Do you want to spend the night in a museum?  This is your chance.  Join us for History, Heroes & Treasures Sleepover at the National Archives!  During the event kids ages 8-12 along with their adults will become superhero citizens, learn the power and responsibility of government and its citizens, sleep in the Rotunda near the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution and make memories to last a lifetime.  Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Ready?  Pack your suitcase and create your own epic history! To register or for more information please visit
History, Heroes & Treasures is supported by the National Archives Foundation; John Hancock; American Heritage Chocolate; and The Coca-Cola Company.

Thanksgiving: Story Time for Pre-Schoolers and Adults

Wednesday, November 16, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Join us for story time designed for 3-5 year olds and accompanying adults. Children will practice their listening skills, participate in group activities and create a craft.

Bill of Rights Featured Activity in ReSource Room

December 1-17 (Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights was ratified.  This is the document that continues to be a foundation of American liberty guaranteeing citizens the freedoms we enjoy.  Come to the Boeing Learning Center to explore more about the amendment process and the Bill of Rights through engaging hands-on activities.

Story Time for Pre-Schoolers and Adults
Wednesday, December 14, 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Do you have preschool age kids? Story time is designed for them and you! Children will develop their listening skills by listening to an arctic themed story then participate in a fun arctic craft! Adults accompanying the children are encouraged to stay and participate with the child they came with.

Bill of Rights Family Day

Thursday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today are possible because of the Bill of Rights.  On this Bill of Rights day, you are invited to come and enjoy hands-on activities about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and amendments.

Presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation

Amending America Family Day

Wednesday, December 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Only 27 times out of 11,000+ proposals have Americans changed, or amended, the Constitution.  Come explore some of the successful and not so successful proposals and figure out the answer to how do you change the Constitution?

Presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation  

The Boeing Learning Center offers interactive educational activities for all ages and special workshops for students and teachers.  Archives staff and volunteers are on hand to answer questions and offer hands-on projects that encourage historical discovery.

  • The Boeing Learning Center ReSource Room
    Drop in during your Museum visit to participate in hands-on activities and programs based on documents, images, maps, posters and more from the inestimable holdings of the National Archives.  The ReSource Room is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and reservations are not required.   Information on special activities and programs online.
  • The Boeing Learning Center Learning Lab
    Groups of students, scouts, teachers, and families can participate in document-based learning lab programs.  Working in replica storage and research spaces, participants will find, select and analyze primary sources, then make connections to bigger ideas about our government and history. Learn more and request a reservation.

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