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The National Archives Hosts Free Educational Programs this Winter-for ages ranging from preschool to adult!
Press Release · Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Washington, DC

Washington, DC – This winter, the National Archives presents a series of educational programs for all ages from preschool to adult, on topics ranging from Ben Franklin and Rosa Parks to origami!  These programs will be held in the Boeing Learning Center.  With the exception of the February Sleepover, all are free and open to the public.  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.

January Programs

Story Time:  Special Program for Preschoolers and Adults 
Wednesday, January 17, 10–11 a.m., Boeing Learning Center
Join us for story time designed for 3-5 year olds and accompanying adults.  Children practice their listening skills, participate in group activities and create a craft. The theme for January is Ben Franklin. 

Museum Selfie Day
Wednesday, January 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Boeing Learning Center
Join people around the world taking selfies in museums to help raise awareness of these wonderful cultural resources. Show your support and take part in the fun! Costumes, backdrops, reproduction documents, activities (and all selfies) are in the Boeing Learning Center. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of John Hancock.

February Programs

Story Time in the ReSource Room for Preschoolers and Adults
Wednesday, February  14, 10–11 a.m., Boeing Learning Center
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. The theme for February is Abraham Lincoln.

Emancipation Proclamation Family Activities
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Boeing Learning Center
Stop by the ReSource Room with your family before or after viewing the Emancipation Proclamation and learn more about this important document through hands-on discovery.

National Archives Sleepover
Saturday-Sunday, February 24-25
Blast off to adventure at the National Archives!  Have an out-of- this world time exploring space and records about space exploration.  Meet astronaut Charles Bolden, learn about astronomy as you look through telescopes, build rockets, and more!  Have a unique after-hours experience before turning in to sleep next to America’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Explore the National Archives from A to Zzzzzzzz.... This event is open to children 8-12 years old, with a chaperone.  Tickets are $125 per participant, or $100 for Foundation members. Register now at archivesfoundation.org/sleepover. History, Heroes & Treasures is supported by the National Archives Foundation, John Hancock, Susan Gage Caterers, and American Heritage® Chocolate.

March Programs

Story Time in the ReSource Room for Preschoolers and Adults
Wednesday, March 14, 10–11 a.m., Boeing Learning Center
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. The March 14 story time will feature Rosa Parks.  

Friendship Between Nations Family Day
Saturday, March 24, Time 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Boeing Learning Center
Join us for a fun, activity filled day exploring the many ways countries show their friendship! Investigate treaties, learn about some of the crazy gifts countries have given and participate in interactive activities designed for the entire family to enjoy!  This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of John ​Hancock.

Learn Origami! Hands-on Adult Workshop
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Boeing Learning Center
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a samurai hat, a crane, or a cherry blossom? Well now you can!  All materials will be provided, so this is the perfect way to celebrate the Cherry Blossoms. This program is full - add your name to the wait list online.   

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