A few months ago, I received 15 handcrafted thank you notes from a group of school children who had visited with their parents and teachers from the Saltonstall School in Salem, Massachusetts.
I had the opportunity to answer their questions before their tour of the National Archives. My favorite question was from a young boy who asked, “Which is older, this building or you?” The question certainly stopped me in my tracks — and the parents and teachers were rolling in the aisles! And when I calculated the answer, I was appalled that the building opened ONLY ten years before I was born!
From their thank you notes, you can tell the visit made a big impression. Here are my favorite quotes:
“It was an incredible experience being just a few feet away from the documents that made our nation as it is today.” ~Cindy N.
“Thanks for showing us the most important Archives in the United States.” ~Sabrina O.
“Seeing all of the old documents will help me on my project about Washington, DC.” ~Marina W.
“Just knowing that I was staring right at our nation’s history means a lot.” ~Madyson P.
“I have only seen pictures of the Declaration of Independence, and it was really cool to see it in person.” ~Maise S.
“My favorite part was seeing you in the auditorium.” ~Sophia B.
“I guess that this letter will go into all the other documents that you have.” ~Jake M.
“Honestly, I thought that the Archives would just have the special papers and inventions, not all of the fun things we got to experience.” ~Michelle L.
“I’m very thankful to have seen these historical papers that made our country what it is today.” ~Brent C.
It was an honor to host these young researchers, and help them with their projects on Washington, DC. I am delighted to know that “it was really cool” to see the Declaration of Independence in person.