Following Significant Demand, National Archives Announces Two 2015 Sleepovers in Rotunda
Washington, DC – The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation announced today that registration is open for the January 31, 2015, “History, Heroes and Treasures” sleepover for children 8-12 years old in the home of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
The sleepover will allow 100 children and parents to engage with National Archives records in fun and educational ways before rolling out their sleeping bags to spend the night in the historic National Archives Rotunda. Tickets to the sleepover are $125 per person ($100 for Foundation members) and available at archivesfoundation.org/sleepover.
“There are only a few once in a lifetime experiences and the chance to spend the night with our nation’s founding documents in the Rotunda at the Archives is one of them.” said Patrick M. Madden, executive director of the Foundation. “These are truly historic memories created through interactive and fun activities all evening – and the next morning!”
The sleepover will feature numerous hands-on activities in the National Archives Museum through which young explorers can discover the American West, the Arctic, and space. Guests will also be treated to movies in the Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater before turning in for the night. The next morning, they will enjoy breakfast – including pancakes flipped by the Archivist of the United States – and more activities before departing with special memories, new friends, and a great story to tell when they get back home.
An additional sleepover will be held in July 2015.
The Foundation held three sold-out sleepovers in 2014. Read more at Sleepover at the National Archives: 3 reasons your family will love itand watch a short video here.
History, Heroes & Treasures is supported by the National Archives Foundation; John Hancock Financial; American Heritage Chocolate®; and The Coca-Cola Company.
About the National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at www.archives.gov.
About the National Archives Foundation
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at archivesfoundation.org.
About the National Archives Museum
The National Archives Museum, created by the National Archives in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives, has transformed the visitor experience at the National Archives’ Washington, DC, building, and includes the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery and its Records of Rights permanent exhibition, the award-winning Public Vaults permanent gallery, the William G. McGowan Theater, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery for special exhibits, the Boeing Learning Center, the Digital Vaults online exhibit, and the DocsTeach website. These components make the rich resources of the National Archives accessible to Americans nationwide.
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