#ArchivesInstameet at the National Archives
Twenty-eight Instagrammers joined us this morning for coffee, donuts, architecture, history, and photography at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
- Donuts and coffee, courtesy of the National Archives Foundation!
- The Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, stopped by to say hi and tell us about that time he was on the roof next to a 12-foot-high eagle sculpture.
- Jessie Kratz, Historian of the National Archives, gave a tour of the building and revealed the meaning behind the sculpture (hint: all of our sculpture has a meaning! Really).
- Staff photographer Michelle Farnsworth was ready to go!
- Jeff Reed, staff photographer, likes to sneak up on you. But he never gets knocked over, even when 28 people are taking pictures or looking at their phones.
- The Instameet begins! More money was spent on sculptural decoration of the National Archives than any other building in the Federal Triangle in Washington, DC.
- The National Archives building takes up an entire city block. It is located halfway between the Capitol and White House and stands 166 feet tall, 213 feet wide, and 330 feet long.
- We headed around to the Pennsylvania Avenue side. Everyone loves this statue of the Future, which was so big the block of marble had to be roughed down, brought in, and then carved in place.
- The Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenue pediments are the largest in Washington, DC.
- The Archivist's office looks out onto Pennsylvania Avenue, so he came out to wave at us!