History Comes to Life at National Archives’ First-Ever Sleepover

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Get out the kids’ sleeping bags and get ready to roll it out in the… National Archives!

That’s right. On Saturday, January 25, kids ages 8-12 and an accompanying adult will have the first-ever opportunity to go on an after-hours historical adventure through the National Archives and spend the night among some of America’s most valuable treasures at the History, Heroes, and Treasures sleepover.

Celebrated author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer will kick-off the evening with a reading from his new children’s series before sending participants on a mission of historical discovery. Along the way, guests will encounter Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart, meet journalist and author Cokie Roberts, and travel back in time through activities that bring the rich holdings of the Archives to life.

As the night comes to an end, a selection of Oscar-nominated short films will be screened in the McGowan Theater before guests fall asleep alongside the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights in the Archives’ iconic rotunda.

And the fun doesn’t end there. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served up with some with Archives trivia, where guests can put their new-found knowledge to the test. They’ll also get taste of history as American Heritage Chocolate presents a special demonstration of how hot chocolate was made in colonial times.

Participants will also receive the first two books in Brad Meltzer’s brand new children’s series, I am Abraham Lincoln and I am Amelia Earhart, and have the opportunity to have them signed by the author!

The History, Heroes, and Treasures Sleepover is open to kids ages 8-12 accompanied by an adult. Cost is $100/members and $125/non-members. The registration packet is available for download here.


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