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National Archives “Making their Mark” exhibit perfect for families

Michael Jackson patent applicationThe National Archives in Washington D.C. just opened a new exhibit called “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” and have planned a “Making Their Mark” Family Day this weekend.

“Making Their Mark” illustrates the many ways people have made their mark on history through a signature. Some expected — like presidents signing groundbreaking legislation — and others surprising — like Michael Jackson’s patent for a “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.” (See image left)


This exhibit offers something for all ages and interests. For the littlest visitors, there is a photo of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney from the very first days of their collaboration and a drawing of the original teddy bear by Clifford Berryman. For the fashion-conscious in the family, the exhibit features the signature style of first ladies and presidents, including Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat, President Bush’s cowboy boots and First Lady Michelle Obama’s dress from Election Day 2008.

Sports fans will get a huge kick out of the signed football from the New York Giants 2012 Super Bowl win, a signed bat from the Word Series 2010 champs, the San Francisco Giants and a signed 2007 Iraqi national soccer team jersey.

National Archives Family Day is March 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Boeing Learning Center and will feature an array of family-fun, hands-on activities. Admission to the National Archives is free. For details visit the National Archives website.

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