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March 13, 2007

School House to White House:
The Education of the Presidents

Special Press Preview of New Family-friendly Exhibition

What:  A special press “sneak preview” to launch the National Archives new major exhibition, “School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents.” This family-friendly exhibition focuses on the early education of American Presidents from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush and features documents and artifacts from the National Archives’ Presidential Libraries. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, March 30, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

Who:  

  • Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein
  • Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries, Sharon Fawcett
  • Director of Exhibits, National Archives Experience, Chris Rudy Smith
  • Director, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, Timothy Walch
  • Acting Deputy Director, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Ray Geselbracht

Where:  The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building, Washington, DC.   Media should use the 700 Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.

When Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 1-3 p.m.

This multi-media exhibition will be on display through January 1, 2008, and is free and open to the public. The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Spring/summer hours, beginning March 15, are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

Please Note: No Artificial Light May Be Used in the Exhibition Area.

Background:  Just in time for Spring break, the family-friendly “School House to White House” exhibition will engage visitors of every age and interest. Documents, artifacts, photos and films drawn from the collections of the National Archives eleven Presidential Libraries reveal fascinating details about children that would grow up to be presidents. Journey back to a time of one room school houses, large public schools, and private tutors. See these future presidents as young sports stars, choir members, and musicians. Watch them mature into serious college and military academy students. Together these experiences demonstrate the variety of educational and extra-curricular experiences that trained and influenced our nation’s future leaders.

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For press information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at: 202-357-5300.

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