The National Archives Hosts Free Educational Programs this Summer - for ages from preschool to adult!
Press Release · Thursday, June 28, 2018

Washington, DC

This summer, the National Archives presents a series of free educational programs for all ages from preschool to adult, on topics ranging from sundials to genealogy!  These programs will be held in the National Archives Museum's Boeing Learning Center. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.


Genealogy Camp for Kids - Ages 12 and up
July 9-13,  9 a.m.-noon
Ever wondered about your family’s roots and who is on your family tree? This hands-on week-long camp will introduce the basics of genealogy research. Discover how to use the resources of the National Archives to be history detectives into your past!  Registration is full; email with “Genealogy Camp” in the subject line to join the waitlist. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation.

Family Learning Labs: "Rights and Responsibilities" and "Constitution in Action"
Take on the role of researchers and archivists for a day! During a hands-on simulation, you are invited to help the President’s communications director, Bob, prepare for a very special press conference.  Families will work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents. This is a great opportunity to explore history and learn more about the National Archives! Reservations are required and can be made online.  
    Rights and Responsibilities Learning Lab - geared to kids up to fourth grade
    Thursday, July 19, 11 a.m.- noon; Register online
    Constitution in Action Learning Lab - geared to kids in fifth grade and older
    Friday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Register online

Hands-on Adult Workshop: Sundials 
Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m.
Unleash your talents and learn to make the sun tell you the time. Explore National Archives records to discover the art and innovation of telling time by the sun as the North American Sundial Society helps to unlock the mysteries of this timeless technology. You will also learn about modern implementation of this timepiece and leave the workshop with the knowledge and ability to make your own dial! Space is limited. To register, email with “July Adult Workshop” in the subject line.


Escape Room! Hands-on Adult Workshop
Wednesday, August 8, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 
Flying saucers, mythical creatures, and secret codes! Investigate and solve a brand-new mystery with some of the more curious records of the National Archives during the third annual “escape room” for adults. Registration is full; email with “August Escape Room” in the subject line to join the waitlist.


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