National Archives Foundation Honors Michael Beschloss 


The National Archives Foundation honored author and historian Michael Beschloss Oct. 19 with its highest honor: the Records of Achievement Award. Mr. Beschloss has chronicled some of the most consequential moments in American history through the lens of the U.S. Presidency, and his captivating Twitter feed has garnered 838,000 followers and counting.

The evening culminated in a live interview between Beschloss and his NBC colleague, Andrea Mitchell. In talking about the importance of the Archives, Beschloss said: “Our Founders didn’t know there would be a National Archives…but I would speculate that they would like the fact that we have an institution that makes sure our records are preserved and that they are available to people as soon as possible… and that we benefit from the mistakes and the successes as soon as possible.”

Other notables in attendance included: Rep. Don Beyer, Governor James Blanchard, Ambassador Laurie Fulton, Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin, Ambassador David Jacobson, Cameron Kerry, Jacqueline Mars, Robert Mosbacher, Ambassador Carolina Barco, Rodney Slater, Thomas Wheeler, David Aufhauser, Gary Bachula, Jane Woodfin, Elaine Chao, Ambassador Walter Cutler, Judge Beryl Howell, Ambassador Richard Viets, Judge William Webster and 10th Archivist of the United States David Ferriero.

Honoree Michael Beschloss, A’Lelia Bundles and Patrick Madden, Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation at National Archives Gala. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for National Archives Foundation.

Rodney E. Slater, Patrick Madden, Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation, honoree Michael Beschloss and Gov. James Blanchard attend the National Archives Gala. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for National Archives Foundation.

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