National Archives Celebrates National Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day
Press Release · Thursday, April 27, 2017

Washington, DC

Future archivists, researchers and conservators were “sworn in” this morning at the National Archives facilities nationwide in celebration of National Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.

Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, greeted children at the National Archives building in DC.

“This is one of my favorite days of the year.  Thanks to all of you for being willing to miss school to experience a day here at the National Archives.  And thanks for being so supportive of your parents.  I want you to know how proud I am and how proud you should be of the extraordinary work they do every day.  This agency does impressive work in preserving and making available our nation’s history and your parents play an important role in making that possible.  Use today to look around and learn more about what your parents do every day," he said.

Each April, on the fourth Thursday of the month, more than 37 million Americans at more than 3.5 million workplaces participate in the national event. Today marks the program’s 24th anniversary.

The National Archives  welcomed more than 120 children of employees at locations including College Park, MD, which hosted more than 80; the National Archives building in DC; the National Archives in Kansas City, MO; the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO; the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, TX; and the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, TX.

This year’s national theme was “Count On Me.” The American people count on National Archives' employees to preserve their nation's important federal records. This day gives children of staff who work at the National Archives the opportunity to see first-hand the important work their parents/caregivers are doing on behalf of their country. Just as children count on their parents to be there for them, and parents count on their children to do the right thing, Americans can count on National Archives staff to keep critical documents and historical artifacts safe and provide the public with access to them.

Events highlights included: Zumba kids, Nature Walks, special tours of the buildings, the Conservation Lab, and the Legislative Vault, Board Game Jams, and “show and tells.”  The events were designed to show the expertise and reliability of the National Archives workforce.

“We were lucky to have so many children participate in our event this year,” said Maria Carosa Stanwich, National Archives Chief of Staff, who greeted and administered the oath of office to young participants in DC. “To see their interest and excitement at visiting the Archives is a testament to the dedication of their parents and caregivers. Every day, in locations across the nation, employees of the National Archives are researching, preserving, displaying, or supporting the history of America as told by artifacts, documents, and other records. It is their “Count On Me" spirit that makes the Archives successful and ensures the American people have access to the records they need to hold government accountable.”


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