"Heritage, Guardianship and Kathy alive :-)" Top 5 Page for this destination National Archives Tip by matcrazy1

National Archives, Washington D.C.: 61 reviews and 149 photos

  HERITAGE AND KATHY :-)
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  • HERITAGE AND KATHY :-) - Washington D.C.
      HERITAGE AND KATHY :-)
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  • MONUMENT TO HERITAGE - Washington D.C.
      MONUMENT TO HERITAGE
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  • FEMALE WITH A CHILD - Washington D.C.
      FEMALE WITH A CHILD
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  • THE INSCRIPTION - Washington D.C.
      THE INSCRIPTION
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  • URSZULA (matcrazy0) ON THE STEPS - Washington D.C.
      URSZULA (matcrazy0) ON THE STEPS
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The main steps to the National Archives Building are flanked by two, unproportionally large seated figures put on huge pedestals sculptured by James Earle Fraser in 1935:

- Guardianship: the male figure holds the helmet of Protection in one hand. The inscription below the statue was written by Thomas Jefferson: "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."

- Heritage: The female figure holds a child and a sheaf of wheat in her right arm, symbolizing the home. The inscription below her figure was composed by the sculptor and reads: "The Heritage of the Past is the Seed That Brings Forth the Harvest of the Future."

The female statue attracted Kathy (Kodi01) so much that she climbed it. Warning: it's more difficult to get back down. Just in case... better do not ask for help a police officer unless you want be ticketed :-) Thus Urszula (matcrazy0) decided to pose for pictures on the main steps.



Address: 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20408
Directions: Downtown, between 7th and 9th Street NW; Constitution and Pennsylvania Ave. Metro station: Archives. Download map (1 MB) here
othercontact: +1 (866) 272 6272
Phone: + 1 86-NARA-NARA
Website: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/index.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 6, 2006
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