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Press Release
December 23, 2013

National Archives to Host First-Ever Sleepover for Kids in Rotunda, January 25

Education Program for 8-12 Year-Olds Will Feature Author Brad Meltzer and Journalist Cokie Roberts

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Washington, DC…On Saturday, January 25, 2014, the National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives are partnering to host the first-ever overnight event for children ages 8 to 12 years old in the home of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Participants will meet award-winning author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer, as well as journalist and author Cokie Roberts. Each participant will have the chance to engage with National Archives documents in fun and exciting ways: decode Civil War ciphers, write a letter to the President, learn how to write with a quill pen, play with historic toys and games from our patent collection, and other activities. The evening will end with with a selection of Oscar-nominated short films in the William G. McGowan Theater.

After the night sleeping in the Archives Rotunda and Rotunda Galleries, participants will enjoy breakfast, play Archives trivia, and join in an interactive demonstration on how hot chocolate was made in colonial times, using American Heritage Chocolate.

For more information and to register, visit www.archivesfoundation.org/sleepover. Questions about the event should be directed to sleepover@archivesfoundation.org.

This program is supported by the Foundation for the National Archives, Mars, Incorporated, American Heritage Chocolate, The Coca-Cola Company, Minute Maid, and DASANI.

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 Foundation for the National Archives

The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent nonprofit that serves as the National Archives’ private-sector partner in the creation of and ongoing support of the National Archives Museum, which includes permanent and traveling exhibits, educational programs, special events, film screenings, educational materials, and historical/records-related products and media. The Foundation helps the public understand the importance of the holdings of the National Archives by presenting the depth and diversity of the records through award-winning, interactive educational exhibits and programs. It generates financial and creative support for the National Archives from individuals, foundations, and corporations who share a belief in the importance of innovative civics education.

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 a renovated Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery with the 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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For media inquiries, please contact: National Archive Public Affairs Staff at public.affairs@nara.gov

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