Charters of Freedom

New for Constitution Day: Distance Learning for Students and a Professional Development Webinar

September 17th is Constitution Day! On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document that they had spent weeks creating: the Constitution of the United States. However, the Constitution is only one of our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights … Continue reading New for Constitution Day: Distance Learning for Students and a Professional Development Webinar

Educator Open House in Washington, DC

Attention DC area educators! Please join us for our annual Educators Open House on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy a special after-hours viewing of our exhibits, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Meet … Continue reading Educator Open House in Washington, DC

The Declaration of Independence

In celebration of our nation declaring its independence 237 years ago, today's spotlight is—of course—on the Declaration of Independence. The National Archives is its permanent home. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in which the American colonies set forth a list of grievances against the British Crown and declared they … Continue reading The Declaration of Independence

What’s the difference between the National Archives and the Library of Congress?

I co-wrote today’s post with Stephen Wesson at the Library of Congress. It is also posted on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. In 10 words or less, it’s what we've got and how we got it. But we’ll go on. Because we get asked this question a lot. Both of us do. And because both … Continue reading What’s the difference between the National Archives and the Library of Congress?