Sunday, December 23, 2007

national archives, national treasure

national archives, national treasurefrom washington times: Government institutions hardly every get starring roles in family movies. However, the National Archives found popularity when "National Treasure" was released three years ago.

With the sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," in theaters, the archives is jumping on the movie's premise that documents and history go hand in hand with mystery and adventure.

"We don't have special effects, but we have real treasures here," says Katie Wilmes, coordinator of public programs at the National Archives. "Those treasures belong to the people."

The "Book of Secrets" opens with Benjamin Franklin Gates (played by Nicolas Cage) learning about a page missing from the diary of John Wilkes Booth. Gates' great-great-grandfather is implicated suddenly as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Gates follows a chain of clues to Europe.

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