Current Exhibitions

Records of Rights in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery
Explore how generations of Americans debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity.

Coming Soon:
"Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History"

Opens March 6 in the O’Brien Gallery
Visit this new exhibit and learn about American debates about alcohol and its place in society.

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom
The permanent home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights—known collectively as the Charters of Freedom.

The Public Vaults
Embark on a virtual journey into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives. See some of the most fascinating original records in our holdings.

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News & Events

February 27, at noon

A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life

A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life

Between the eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, countless African Americans passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and community. Historian Allyson Hobbs explores the possibilities and challenges that racial indeterminacy presented to men and women living in a country obsessed with racial distinctions. A book signing follows the program. Watch live on YouTube

March 4, at noon

Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson

Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson

Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson’s wife, who died at the young age of 33 in 1782. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, law professor William G. Hyland, Jr., discusses this little-known figure who presided over the domestic life of the Monticello during her husband’s long absences and rise to power. A book signing will follow the program. Watch live on YouTube

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