PRESS RELEASE from National Archives
Jan. 10, 2013

Inaugural Exhibits and Programs at the National Archives
Includes special display of George Washington’s Inaugural Address

Washington, DC…In January, the National Archives will mark the Presidential inauguration with free exhibits and public programs including a special display of George Washington’s Inaugural Address and live-streaming of the swearing-in ceremony. Located on Constitution Avenue at 7th St. NW, along the Inaugural Parade route and on the National Mall, the National Archives expects several thousand visitors during the inaugural weekend. Fall/Winter hours are 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily.

Special Document Display:  President George Washington's First Inaugural Address

East Rotunda Gallery, January 11-31, 2013.

In honor of the 2013 inaugural, the National Archives will display the first and last pages of President George Washington's First Inaugural Address, delivered in New York City on April 30, 1789. The pages are in George Washington's own clear and distinctive handwriting.

Unseasonably cold and snowy weather delayed the first Presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for the first Wednesday in March 1789. Many members of the First Federal Congress were unable to arrive promptly in New York City, then the seat of government. On April 6, 1789—over a month late—enough members had reached New York to tally the electoral ballots. George Washington won unanimously with 69 electoral votes. When notified of his victory, he traveled to New York City from his home in Virginia.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the Presidential oath on a second floor balcony of Federal Hall. Below, an enthusiastic crowd assembled in the streets. The President and members of Congress then retired to the Senate Chamber, where Washington delivered his first inaugural address.

Keenly aware of the momentousness of the occasion, Washington accepted the Presidency and spoke of his determination to make the American experiment a success. He humbly noted the power of the nation’s call for him to serve as President and the shared responsibility of the President and Congress to preserve "the sacred fire of liberty" and a republican form of government.

Full transcript, hi-res images and additional information [].

Live-streaming of Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony

Monday, January 21, at 11:30 a.m., William G. McGowan Theater

For more than 200 years, America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. Avoid the cold and watch the live-streamed 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration on a big screen! Then step outside to watch the Inaugural Parade go past the National Archives!

From the Vaults: Presidential Inaugurations

January 16, 17 and 18, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

In celebration of the 2013 Presidential inauguration, the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film presents a selection of archival motion pictures drawn from the holdings of the National Archives related to the ceremonial inaugural events, including swearing-in ceremonies, official inaugural balls, and parades.

Inaugural Quiz

Challenge yourself with our Inaugural Quiz! Online [].

Did you know the National Archives holds records of Presidential Inaugural Committees?

Learn more [].

Also on display at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC:


WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer congratulated Governor Scott Walker for his win in Wisconsin's recall election, calling it "another sign that taxpayers will award office holders ready to do the hard work of reigning in out-of-control government spending."

Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families,  made the following statement:

"I congratulate Governor Scott Walker for his hard-fought victory tonight, and most especially for having the courage of his convictions to fight the good fight. But the victory in Wisconsin is not Scott Walker's alone.  It is a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, who foot the bill year after year.  It is a victory for common sense over powerful special interests.  It is a victory that taxpayers in every state can celebrate.  It is a victory, yes, even for some union members.

"Since Gov. Walker's reforms were enacted, tens of thousands of state employees have opted to keep more of the money they earn rather than let the public employees union siphon off their hard-earned dollars.  In other words, once given the choice, more than half of the public employees union's members decided that they didn't need the union.  These reforms will pay real dividends for the taxpayers of Wisconsin.  They are the real winners tonight.

"The recall election is a sign of good things to come.  The power of the Big Labor bosses has finally been checked, not just in Wisconsin, but also in scores of other states across the country.  More governors, legislators and taxpayers will be inspired to stand up against the liberal labor unions and do what is truly in the best interests of their communities.  Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes are now in play, and the anti-tax, small government movement that swept the country in 2010 is about to sweep Barack Obama out of office in 154 days!"

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