June 5, 2014
National Archives Celebrates 80th Anniversary June 24 at noon
Washington, DC…On Tuesday, June 24 at noon, the National Archives celebrates its 80th Anniversary with a special film event: From the Vaults: 80th Anniversary of the National Archives. A selection of archival films will be shown including two historic films about the National Archives: Your National Archives (1953) and The Washington Parade: The Archives (1940). (70 minutes.)
The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.
The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of the program, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.
Congress established the National Archives in 1934 to preserve and care for the records of the U.S. Government. Previously, Federal records were kept in various basements, attics, abandoned buildings, and other storage places with little security or concern for storage conditions. In 1935, Archives staff began to survey Federal records and the next year began transferring records to the new National Archives building in Washington, DC. From one building on Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Archives now has more than 40 facilities nationwide.
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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.