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Press Release
June 18, 2004
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GET AN EARLY START ON JULY FOURTH STORIES - INTERVIEW THE EXPERTS

On July 4, 2004 the National Archives will celebrate the 228th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Interview experts who have studied and touched history – exhibition curators and conservators who helped preserve the Charters of Freedom – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These documents were painstakingly examined, documented, treated and moved to new, state-of-the-art encasements custom-made of titanium and aluminum. These precious documents were reopened to the public on September 18, 2003.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS:

Stacey Bredhoff – Curator of the "New World is at Hand" exhibit that surrounds the Charters of Freedom and presents a selection of milestone documents from our nation’s history, including the Louisiana Purchase.

Milton Gustafson – Senior archivist and expert on the history and travels of the Charters of Freedom.

Doris Hamburg – Director of Preservation Programs at the National Archives. Oversaw the restoration of the Charters of Freedom.

Rick Judson – Oversaw the physical design and reencasement of the Charters of Freedom.

Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler - Chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory of the National Archives. Helped restore the Charters of Freedom.

Catherine Nicholson - Supervisory conservator in the Document Conservation Laboratory of the National Archives. Helped restore the Charters of Freedom.

Call the National Archives Public Affairs staff to schedule interviews:
Laura Diachenko 301 837-1700
laura.diachenko@nara.gov
Miriam Kleiman 202 501-5526
miriam.kleiman@nara.gov

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