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Thank you note writing contest at National Archives Museum

LetterWritingKids can learn how to write a good thank you note and be entered to win a prize at the National Archives Museum’s thank you note writing contest on Dec. 30.

Children will have the opportunity to learn and practice their thank you note writing skills at the Washington, D.C. museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event coincides with the final days of the “Making Their Mark” exhibit, which closes on Jan. 5, 2015. Admission is free.

“Saying thank you is one of those life lessons every child must master. What better time than right after the holidays to learn how to craft a good thank you note and have a blast with your family at the National Archives Museum,” said Patrick M. Madden, executive director of the National Archives Foundation.

As a special holiday treat, a representative from “Making Their Mark” sponsor Fahrney’s Pens will be on hand to help with the most vexing of holiday challenges — how to write a “polite” thank you note. There will be several thank you note ideas and a ‘fill in the blanks’ handout for kids to practice their enhanced skills. Once they fill in the handout, they can drop it into a ‘mailbox’ and be entered to win a kid’s fountain pen, cursive writing book, a Write Notepad and a box of thank you cards. All contest entrants will receive a letterpress thank you card and envelope to take home and use for a real thank you note. Thank You cards are provided by Write Notepads & Co. of Baltimore.

Copies of great thank you notes from the National Archives holdings will also be available for people to view.

The thank you note writing contest will be held in the Boeing Learning Center on the upper floor of the National Archive Museum, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

“Making Their Mark” is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building. This exhibit focuses on signatures, which are very personal and range from a real “John Hancock,” to the mark of an autopen. “Making Their Mark” features original signatures from National Archives holdings nationwide – including those from sports, politics, fashion and entertainment – and the stories behind them.

For more information about “Making Their Mark,” or the thank you note writing contest go the National Archives Museum website.

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