Sleepover at the National Archives
For the first time ever, the National Archives offered families and friends the chance to spend the night with “History, Heroes, and Treasures.” On January 25, 2014, participants meet author Brad Meltzer, who set them on their way for an evening of historical missions and discovery. They journeyed through various activities and stations highlighting key moments through history. Along the way, they meet journalist and author Cokie Roberts, and interacted with historical characters Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, and Phillis Wheatley. They wrapped up the evening with a selection of Oscar-nominated short films in the McGowan Theater before heading to the Rotunda for the sleepover.
Each participant received the first two books in Brad Meltzer’s brand new children’s series, I am Abraham Lincoln and I am Amelia Earhart, courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Group, and had the opportunity to have them signed by the author! Written by Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, each book tells the real-life story of an ordinary person who’s changed the world. They also received a copy of Cokie Roberts’ book, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies, courtesy of HarperCollins.
Throughout the evening, participants had the chance to engage with National Archives documents in fun and exciting ways: decode Civil War ciphers, write a letter to the President, dress up in period clothing, learn how to write with a quill pen, play with historic toys and games from our patent collection, and so much more!
On Sunday morning, they enjoyed breakfast and put their new-found knowledge to the test with Archives trivia. They also tasted history with a special demonstration of how hot chocolate was made in colonial times, using American Heritage Chocolate.
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This program is supported by the Foundation for the National Archives; Mars, Incorporated; American Heritage Chocolate; Ridgewells Catering; Penguin Young Readers Group; HarperCollins; The Coca-Cola Company; Minute Maid; and DASANI.