Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures


Based on an exhibition at the National Archives Museum, “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures,” this exhibit guide is an invitation to discover some of the stories behind the millions of signatures that are preserved in the National Archives. A signature can be as routine as a mark on a form or as extraordinary as a stroke of the pen that changes the course of history. For example, the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence simultaneously committed the brave act of treason against King George III and created a new nation. From developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law, these stories illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.