National Archives To Display Famous Signatures | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

National Archives To Display Famous Signatures

Michelle Obama's 2008 election-night dress is among the pieces to be displayed at National Archives starting this week.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Michelle Obama's 2008 election-night dress is among the pieces to be displayed at National Archives starting this week.

Curators at the National Archives have culled their collection in search of some of the best-known signatures of history.

A special exhibit opening Friday includes the personal marks of figures including Thomas Jefferson, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Robinson, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, along with important documents from history. Curators looked at the power of the pen in politics, war, entertainment and sports for the wide-ranging exhibit, "Making Their Mark.'"

Beyond papers, curators also are displaying objects representing the signature styles of some historical figures, including General Dwight Eisenhower's tailored Army jacket that became the standard for American troops. And for the first time, the red-and-black dress worn by Michelle Obama on the night of the 2008 election is going on display.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
NPR

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.