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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Archives announces spring and summer hours

By Jacqueline Trescott

There are some sure signs of spring in Washington. The expected peaks for the Cherry Blossoms. The dusting off of the outdoor cafes. The long lines outside the museums.

In anticipation of the spring break and summer vacation crowds, the National Archives announced Thursday they will have extended hours for the tourist-heavy seasons.

Beginning March 15, the Archives will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Admission to the grand building at 9th and Constitution Ave. N.W. is free.

On permanent display are the Charters of Freedom--The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Another permanent exhibition is called "The Public Vaults," where samples of the millions of holdings from the Archives are displayed.

In June a special show on the government's efforts to regulate America's eating habits opens. It's called "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government's Effect on the American Diet."

And the Archives, of course, has plenty of original material to make this interesting. There's Upton Sinclair's letter to Theodore Roosevelt warning him of the hazards of the meatpacking industry. There's Lyndon Johnson's recipe for Pedernales River chili.

Make your plans now.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 3, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, National Archives  | Tags:  National Archives, spring and summer hours  
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