The National Archives in Washington, DC, is pleased to announce its new rotating exhibit, Road to Revolution. The exhibit features a selection of records that document major milestones in the journey from colonial resistance to American independence and the experiences of the nation’s founding generation.

Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan, commented:

The founding of our nation is a story of courage and vision. With Road to Revolution we will showcase records from the National Archives that highlight the daring journey toward the birth of our nation and our collective pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan

The Road to Revolution exhibition is part of Declaration250, the National Archives’ celebration of the nation’s semiquincentennial in 2026.

Shogan added:

Through Road to Revolution and Declaration250, we will make American history engaging, accessible and exciting. We hope everyone will join us on the journey to 250.

The exhibit’s first selection of records, Roots of Rebellion, focuses on the Seven Years’ War, a conflict that connects to the American Revolution. The display features historical records such as a 1765 map of the British colonies, a 1774 political cartoon by Paul Revere, and more. This first series of records is on display through August 28, 2024.

The National Archives will be sharing related documents from our holdings on our blogs and social media channels, like this new blog post about the Lee Resolution and its relationship to the documents on display in this exhibit.

Road to Revolution is on display through August 6, 2026, in the West Rotunda Gallery at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The visitor entrance is located at Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Admission is free.

Future displays in the Road to Revolution series will feature records related to the First Continental Congress, Native Americans’ connection to the American Revolution, and more.

Follow #ArchivesRoadToRevolution and #Declaration250 to learn more.

Road to Revolution is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of Comcast Corporation and Microsoft Corporation.

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