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National Archives Foundation Statement on COVID-19

March 12, 2020

Dear Foundation Members & Friends:

I’m writing to inform you of some important changes to upcoming programs and events at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. in an effort to keep our community safe.

Tonight’s National Archives program and event – the Harriet Tubman Tribute – has been postponed.

The National Archives announced that it will cancel all public events at the National Archives Museum building in Washington, D.C. through May 3. This includes all in-person public programs, museum tours, school group visits, and public meetings.

The National Archives Museum and research center in Washington D.C., and all National Archives facilities across the country, will also close to the public starting close of business Friday, March 13 until further notice.

If you are planning to visit Washington, D.C., we encourage you to check with the organizations you plan to visit, as a number of cultural museums and historic sites have made operating changes in the last few days. Please click here for the latest information on the status of National Archives facilities.

We are living through unexpected and difficult times. We want you to stay safe and healthy. We encourage you to follow the important hygiene (please wash your hands!) and social distancing recommendations to avoid catching the virus.

We will continue to send you updates from the Archives as program schedules or access to the building changes. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Archives and our mission.


Patrick M. Madden
Executive Director
National Archives Foundation