Saturday, October 1, 2016

What a Day at the National Archives!

GranFran and I had a wonderful time at the
National Archives in D. C., including a
book signing!
     GranFran and I had a fabulous trip to Washington, D. C., where we, along with my brother, Wayne, not only spoke during a historical seminar focusing on Operation Dragoon (the 1944 invasion of southern France that my dad was in), but also visited the DAR Headquarters building (a great year to be there, since GranFran was one of their Women in American History Award recipients in May, nominated by the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter).

     Then we had a book signing at the National Archives--my favorite place in Washington! The National Archives gift shop carries both R is for Rosie the Riveter and Free-Falling for Freedom, so it was wonderful--and surreal, to be honest--to have an autograph table there. We stayed nearly twice as long as scheduled, because people just kept coming--Rosie Mania once again! Unfortunately, no photos were allowed, but I can assure you it was fabulous to greet people from all over the country and the world.

My favorite place in Washington, D. C.--the National 
Archives--carries two of our books in their gift shop--
it doesn't get any better than this!
     As an added bonus, it was on Constitution Day. When I was a school librarian and was tasked with providing our school's Constitution Day emphasis, more than once I set up in the library a mock Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, which is at the National Archives building, where the original Declaration of Independence, U. S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights are on display.

     If you have never visited this fabulous place, start planning a trip now--it's awesome! Many thanks to the bookstore staff for being such fabulous hosts!