A Temple to American History

I recently walked the perimeter of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC as a reminder of the subtle and not so subtle ways the building’s architecture emphasizes NARA’s mission. 

The National Archives Building was designed as a temple to American history. The four monumental statues placed at the entrances to the building reflect its mission.

Past statue, by Robert Aitken, 2015. (Photo by Jeff Reed, National Archives)

The message of the “Past” statue, designed by Robert Aitken and chiseled by the Piccirilli Brothers, reinforces the importance of learning our history. 

I invite you to watch the video of my walk:  

For more information about the National Archives statues, visit: https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2018/05/22/the-national-archives-larger-than-life-statues  

2 thoughts on “A Temple to American History

  1. Fascinating history of the statues surrounding the National Archives building. It is so much more interesting when you know the background and symbolism. Well done.

  2. Interesting, and I’d love to know more about the other three statues. Please elaborate for all us shut-ins.

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