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National Archives
Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20001
Voice: 202-501-5000

On December 15, 1952, President Truman presided over the unveiling of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights in the Rotunda of the National Archives. The "Charters of Freedom", as they are known by, have been on display and visited by millions of people since. Today it is still a trek made by many Americans and visitors from around the world.

The Public Vaults contain more than 8 billion pages of text, millions of photographs, and hundreds of thousands of reels of film. The Record of America stretches from George Washington's handwritten letters to the first Presidential web site. This is the central pathway from which five "vaults" branch off. These are "We the People", records of family and citizenship; "To Form a More Perfect Union", records of liberty and law; "Provide for the Common Defense", records of war and diplomacy; "Promote the General Welfare", records of frontiers and firsts; and "To Ourselves and Our Posterity", keeping records for future generations.

KAT'S VIEW

The National Archives has the Constitution (We the people...) in it. Now that was cool. They also have the Bill of Rights there. I enjoyed seeing them.

   


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