Categories: Sightseeing / Travel

National Archives Building

Independence Day was a week ago, and I have just the photos to commemorate this holiday! Never mind that I’m a wee bit late. If you don’t mind, I won’t either. :p

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National Archives Building in Washington D.C.

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Statue outside the National Archives Building
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”

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Statue outside the National Archives Building
“The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future”

In 2003, my ex-before-last and I waited a good hour to see the exhibits in this gynormous room. And that’s what I love about D.C., everything’s grandiose: the buildings, monuments, sidewalks.

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Compare the size of the painting with the people standing in front of each exhibit

We had arrived at the National Archives around 4:15 and surmised closing time had to be no later than 6pm. The line was one you’d normally see for a popular theme park ride during the summer. Once we were inside some 45 minutes later, we underwent a security check and were warned flash photography was prohibited. There was more waiting. When we finally drew closer to the exhibits room, a security officer asked for volunteers to view only the 3 “main” documents. We practically jumped at the chance….and snuck-in a few more too.

These are the only pics of the exhibits that turned out.

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Page 3 of The Constitution of the United States

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Page 4 (last page) of The Constitution of the United States

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Bill of Rights

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This 1803 landmark Supreme Court case established the power of judicial review
Document on left is the Order served on Secretary of State James Madison by the U.S. Supreme Court (March 22, 1802); at right is the 1826 oil painting reproduction of John Marshall

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At right are selected pages of President Abraham Lincoln’s Message to Congress on the State of the Union (December 1, 1862)

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Deed of Gift, Statue of Liberty, (July 4, 1884)
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States

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At left are selected pages of the transcript of Susan B. Anthony’s testimony in a pre-trial hearing before a U.S. Commissioner (November 29, 1872); at right is an undated photo of her

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At left are selected pages of President George H. W. Bush’s State of the Union Address (January 31, 1990)

In the movie “National Treasure”, Nicolas Cage steals the Declaration of Independence. The video clips depict the exhibits room perfectly:

The Declaration of Independence’s elaborate security (I’m sure it applies to all 3 historical documents): (watch 8:22-8:59)

The Exhibits Room is huuuuuuge: (watch 5:43-7:04)

Brief glimpse of the display cases: (watch 3:11-3:24)

If you’re a history buff and in the D.C. area, spend some time at the National Archives. You will love it!

Stay tuned for Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.

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