Press Preview for National Archives’ All American Sports Exhibit Sept. 12
Media Alert · Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Washington, DC

WHAT: A special press-only “sneak peek” of the National Archives exhibit All American: The Power of Sports before it opens to the public. The 3,000-square-foot exhibition uses more than 75 original National Archives records to explore the role of sports in creating, spreading, and promoting American identity.


  • Debra Steidel Wall, Acting Archivist of the United States
  • Governor James Blanchard, Chair and President of the National Archives Foundation Board of Directors
  • Alice Kamps, Exhibit Curator

WHEN: Monday, September 12, 2022, at 5 p.m.
Media pre-set at 4:30 p.m. Media are invited to stay for the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. with featured speaker Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Famer and Global Ambassador.

WHERE: Boeing Learning Center ReSource Room, National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

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

Accredited members of the media should RSVP to

All American curator Alice Kamps will lead a tour of the exhibit in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery following the remarks program. 

Please Note: No Additional Light May Be Used in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, the Records of Rights, Public Vaults, or Rotunda.

All American is free and open to the public and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, from September 16, 2022, through January 7, 2024. See the press release for more information on the exhibition, including related free public programs at National Archives in Washington, DC, and at facilities nationwide.

The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW.  National Archives Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and December 25. View the Calendar of Events online at   

All American: The Power of Sports is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of AT&T, AARP, and Mars, Incorporated. Additional support provided by HISTORY® and the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family. Opening Month support provided by Anheuser-Busch.


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