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Celebrating Passion & Accomplishment

With the opening of the “Discovery & Recovery” exhibit, I’m had a chance last week to thank many of the National Archives staff who made it possible.  & it truly took a village to make this happen!  Staff from just about every corner of the Agency contributed—preservation and conservation, security, legal, communications, exhibits, digital engagement, innovation, digital preservation, holdings protection, programs, & facilities.  Truly a team effort.

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Photo of the “Discovery & Recovery” exhibit in the Lawrence O’Brien Gallery. Photograph from the National Archives’ Instagram account:

In my remarks to the assembled staff I will am tried to convey my pride in their work, but also my pride in the passion & commitment they bring to the job every day.  & I'm will was reminded of the closing lines of Donna Tartt’s new book, The Goldfinch, about the rescue of a painting:

“…if disaster & oblivion have followed this painting down through time—so too has love.  Insofar as it is immortal (& it is) I have a small, bright, immutable part in that immortality.  It exists; & it keeps on existing.  And I’m add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, & looked out for them, & pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, & tried to preserve them & save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, & the next.”

These talented staff members have had “…a small, bright immutable part…” in making it possible for future generations to study & learn from the past—the true gift of the work we do.


Updated: November 15, 2013 — 8:11 pm

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