Making Their Mark is a special exhibit that just opened up at the National Archives Museum in Washington DC. This family friendly exhibit illustrates the many ways people have made their mark on history through a signature. Some you might expect—like presidents signing groundbreaking legislation—and others you might find surprising—like Michael Jackson’s patent for a “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.”
This exhibit truly 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 your 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 can see a 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.
Plus, there will be a special family day on Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum's Boeing Learning Center: Come and bring your family to explore the many ways people have placed their signature on history, from developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law. The day will feature family fun with hands-on activities.
"From the flourish of John Hancock to a landowner in Louisiana making her mark--an "x"--in an appeal to Congress...the exhibit explores signatures from Presidents and celebrities to those made by individuals unknown to history," says curator Jen Johnson.
You can find even more kid-focused exhibit items in the attached list below:
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