. . . caught a flick at the National Archives. Famous for taking care of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the Archives also watches over nearly 500,000 recordings. Cue up an old Civilian Defense video on how to protect yourself from the A-bomb. Or check out a film of American Indian chiefs explaining Plains Sign Language. Even old newsreels and sports highlights. The helpful staff will turn you on to their "greatest hits" lists to make browsing easier.
Motion Picture, Sound and Video Unit, National Archives at College Park; 8601 Adelphi Rd.; 1-866-325-7208.
Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
First-time visitors must obtain a researcher registration card.
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