It’s a Sunshine Day: Save the Date for OGIS’s Sunshine Week Event!

Happier than the morning sun: Beach at Ohio, or “Sunshine” Key, 06/1973 (ARC Identifier 548812)

OGIS is pleased to announce that we’re sponsoring a unique event to mark Sunshine Week (March 9-16, 2012), a celebration of government openness.

Our parent agency, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is acknowledging Sunshine Week by showcasing the original Freedom of Information Act, Public Law 89-487. The original historic document will be available for viewing from Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 18, in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives (Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.). Admission is free.

Mark your calendars for 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 — that’s when OGIS hosts a special viewing of the FOIA document. Please join us in the East Rotunda Gallery for brief remarks from David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, OGIS Director Miriam Nisbet and others. Attendees will get a special look at the document that started it all, as well as a chance to mingle with others from the open government community. It promises to be a great event for history buffs and transparency buffs alike.

The details:

  • The line to get into the National Archives can be long. Please feel free to use the special events entrance at 7th and Constitution streets — just let the guards know that you are there for OGIS’s Sunshine Week event.
  • If you are planning to attend, please drop us a line at

We hope to see you there!