SAVE THE DATE: Laura Bush to Receive National Archives Foundation 2018 Records of Achievement Award

Mrs. Laura Bush addresses the opening ceremony of the National Book Festival Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, in Neptune Plaza at the Library of Congress. In a news conference announcing the festival, Mrs. Bush said: "This event gives us an opportunity to inspire parents and care givers to read to children as early as possible and to encourage reading as a lifelong activity. I look forward to welcoming book lovers of all ages to our nation's capital to celebrate the magic of reading and storytelling." Photo by Moreen Ishikawa, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Laura Bush will receive the award at the Foundation’s annual Gala, held at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on Wednesday October 10, 2018.

The National Archives Foundation names former First Lady Laura Bush as the 2018 recipient of its Records of Achievement Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to building a literate and civically engaged global community.

The Records of Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the National Archives Foundation to an individual whose contributions have fostered a broader national awareness of the history and heritage of the United States as exemplified in National Archives’ records.

Previous recipients of the Foundation’s awards include: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Ken Burns, John Hope Franklin, Annette Gordon Reed, David Rubenstein, David McCullough, Robert Edsel, Taylor Branch, the creators of “Hamilton”: Ron Chernow, Thomas Kail, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

As First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush educated, enriched, and inspired children to have a deeper appreciation for our country, and to preserve its natural and historical heritage. Currently, through the work of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Mrs. Bush continues to develop leaders, advance policy, and take action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

“Laura Bush has long been a tireless and effective advocate for literacy and education,” said National Archives Foundation Chair James Blanchard. “Her tireless dedication to education and literacy embodies the spirit of the Records of Achievement Award.”

“First Lady Laura Bush’s unwavering support of civic literacy, passion for education, and unyielding commitment to female empowerment make her an obvious choice for this award,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.

The 2018 Records of Achievement Award Ceremony and Gala is made possible in part by AT&T, Governor Jim and Janet Blanchard, and Edgeworth Economics.

Records of Achievement Award Ceremony and Gala. Wednesday October 10, 2018. National Building Museum. 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tickets are available at:

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