George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

National Archives

Washington, D.C.

Officially known as the “Archives of the United States of America,” the National Archives keeps important documents from history and today. In front of the National Archives is a massive stone statue of a mother and child that reads, “THE HERITAGE OF THE PAST IS THE SEED THAT BRINGS FORTH THE HARVEST OF THE FUTURE.” This means that when you plant a seed it will eventually grow to become a tree. If you create something in the present day, it will become something good or bad in the future. It is therefore important to know and protect our history.

The National Archives is home to three of the most important documents in American history – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These actual documents, written hundreds of years ago, are kept in a room called the “Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.” You can visit the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and see some of America’s amazing history first-hand. Remember that Cam and Tommy almost got into trouble there?

The National Archives building is the original headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Archives and Records Administration in 1934 by. The National Archives first opened in 1935.

The east side of the National Archives reads: This building holds in trust the records of our national life and symbolizes our faith in the permanency of our national institutions.

The south side of the National Archives reads: The ties that bind the lives of our people in one indissoluble union are perpetuated in the archives of our government and to their custody this building is dedicated.

The west side of the National Archives reads: The glory and romance of our history are here preserved in the chronicles of those who conceived and builded [sic] the structure of our nation.