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Inaugural Exhibits and Programs at the National Archives

By January 16, 2013

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The National Archives will mark the Presidential Inauguration with free exhibits and public programs. It's also a great place to watch the live-streaming of the Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony. On January 21, avoid the cold and watch the live-streamed Presidential Inauguration on a big screen! The National Archives are located on Pennsylvania Avenue along the parade route. After the inaugural address, step outside to watch the Inaugural Parade.

Special Document Display: President George Washington's First Inaugural Address
Throughout the month of January, the National Archives will display the first and last pages of President George Washington's First Inaugural Address, delivered in New York City on April 30, 1789.

From the Vaults: Presidential Inaugurations
January 16, 17 and 18, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater. The Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film presents a selection of archival motion pictures drawn from the holdings of the National Archives related to the ceremonial inaugural events, including swearing-in ceremonies, official inaugural balls, and parades.

The Public Vaults Permanent Exhibition
This interactive exhibition features sections on Presidential decision-making, public addresses, private deliberations, and correspondence including original documents signed by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can view home movies of US Presidents as children, including footage of a young George W. Bush playing in the snow.

The Charters of Freedom: Our Nation's Founding Documents
The Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights are on permanent display in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. This exhibit takes a fresh look at the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Using historical documents from the holdings of the National Archives, we answer two key questions about the Charters: "How did they happen?" and "Why are they important?" This exhibit also touches on the roles played by women and slaves in the Revolutionary War.

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