Signers Circle

Join the exclusive Signers Circle and experience the historical records of the National Archives in a unique way. While enjoying membership privileges allowing you to explore the magnificent holdings of the National Archives, you will be providing critical financial support to the civic and educational goals of the National Archives Foundation.

Signers Circle: $5,000

Join the Signers Circle

Exclusive benefits:
  • “Off-the-record” Luncheons in the Archivist’s Reception Room — participate in twice-yearly discussions of current events with well-known personalities, notable historians, media figures, and other thought-provoking speakers
  • Invitation for Two to the Annual Gala Dinner — enjoy the annual Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony in the beautiful Rotunda Galleries of the National Archives. Past awardees include David McCullough, Tom Brokaw, Brian Lamb and C-SPAN, John Hope Franklin, Annette Gordon-Reed, James McPherson, Ken Burns, David M. Rubenstein, Jacqueline Mars, Steven Spielberg, Robert Edsel, and Taylor Branch
  • Annual July 4th Celebration celebrate with a family-friendly breakfast reception and reserved seating for Signers Circle members at the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the National Archives
  • Private Tours of the National Archives Museum request private tours for you and your guests at your convenience throughout the year, including the Charters of Freedom, the 1297 Magna Carta, and other inspiring historic documents
  • Personal Family History Research Support — consult individually with Foundation staff on starting your own family history research
Additional Signers Circle benefits:
  • Invitations throughout the year to private receptions in connection with Archives events and exhibition openings in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery
  • Priority admission through the Special Events entrance for exhibits and special events, such as the viewing of the Emancipation Proclamation or landmark documents in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery
  • 20 percent discount at the National Archives Store and online
  • All other benefits of membership in the National Archives Foundation

For more information on the Signers Circle of the National Archives Foundation contact: 202-357-5946 or


Signers Circle Luncheon with featured speaker David M. Rubenstein

On April 23, 2014, members of the Signers Circle gathered for an “off-the-record” luncheon to hear David Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, discuss “patriotic philanthropy.” Mr. Rubenstein shared some little-known but fascinating stories about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, along with stories about his personal interest in the historic documents held in trust by the National Archives. Mr. Rubenstein has invested in rare historical documents and has shared them with the public through institutions like the National Archives Museum, which is the home of his 1297 Magna Carta and his rare Stone copperplate engraving of the Declaration of Independence.

Following the lunch, the group took a special guided tour of the museum’s newest permanent exhibition space, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery, and its “Records of Rights” exhibit, which were made possible through Mr. Rubenstein’s generosity.