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Press Release
September 29, 2008

National Archives to Open New Treaty of Paris Exhibition October 3rd

Historic International Exhibition Explores the Beginnings of Two Nations

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada contact Pauline M. Portelance
    Library and Archives Canada
    819-994-4589
  • NARA public affairs contact Public Affairs Staff
    National Archives
    202-357-5300

Washington, DC…On Friday, October 3, 2008, the new exhibition 1783:  Subject or Citizen? opens in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The year 2008 marks the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution and resulted in the reshaping of modern North America. 1783:  Subject or Citizen? reveals the untold story of the Treaty of Paris and marks the first time the U.S. National Archives and Library and Archives Canada have collaborated on an international exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display through January 25, 2009, and is free and open to the public. The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Exhibit Hall hours are 10 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. daily, except Thanksgiving and December 25.

1783: Subject or Citizen? incorporates 60 archival treasures from the vaults of both institutions, including the rarely displayed 1783 Treaty of Paris which is from the U.S. National Archives. The multi-media exhibit includes audio interactives and 18th-century maps, books, paintings, and letters that tell the story of the individuals living during a time of unprecedented change.

Special Note: Media tours are available in advance of the exhibition opening, please contact the Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300. Images of documents and artifacts featured in the exhibition are available upon request.

The exhibition was made possible with support from the Foundation for the National Archives.

A related exhibit, “Champlain's Dream,” with Samuel de Champlain’s notebooks and artifacts from the John Carter Brown Library, is at the Embassy of Canada Gallery, October 16–December 30. Champlain's Dream, a book by David Hackett Fischer, is to be published in October 2008 in the U.S. and Canada.

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Contacts: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300, and Pauline M. Portelance, Library and Archives Canada at 819-994-4589.

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