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Saving the national treasures

Author: Muffie MeyerEriq La SalleRichard ChisolmTom KaufmanDick BartlettAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : WGBH Boston Video, [2005]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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History meets technology in the ultimate preservation project. The nation's charters of freedom are in trouble. Since its creation over 200 years ago, the Declaration of Independence has seen plenty of abuse -- escaping the British armies rolled up in a saddlebag, traveling the country with the Continental Army, and baking in the window of the U.S. Patent Office. Now, the ink has faded so badly, it's rapidly
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Documentary television programs
Films for people with visual disabilities
Films for the hearing impaired
History
Documentary
Documentary videos
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Muffie Meyer; Eriq La Salle; Richard Chisolm; Tom Kaufman; Dick Bartlett; Ray Loring; Ellen Hovde; Liev Schreiber; Middlemarch Films.; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.); WGBH Video (Firm)
ISBN: 1593751141 9781593751142
OCLC Number: 58733997
Language Note: Closed-captioned; described video for the visually impaired.
Notes: Originally broadcast on public television in 2003.
Special features: printable materials for educators; access to the NOVA website.
Credits: Directors of photography, Richard Chisolm, Tom Kaufman ; editor, Dick Bartlett ; music, Ray Loring.
Performer(s): Narrator, Liev Schreiber; readings for Declaration, Eriq La Salle.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, letterboxed presentation; Dolby Digital.
Contents: Introduction --
No time to waste --
The perfect seal --
Preserving the Founding Fathers' legacy --
Cases open and closed --
The charters of freedom today --
Special feature accessible via computer DVD-ROM drive : Teaching guide (6 p.) in pdf format.
Other Titles: Nova (Television program)
Responsibility: a NOVA production by Middlemarch Films, Inc. for WGBH ; written by Ronald H. Blumer ; produced and directed by Muffie Meyer and Ellen Hovde.

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History meets technology in the ultimate preservation project. The nation's charters of freedom are in trouble. Since its creation over 200 years ago, the Declaration of Independence has seen plenty of abuse -- escaping the British armies rolled up in a saddlebag, traveling the country with the Continental Army, and baking in the window of the U.S. Patent Office. Now, the ink has faded so badly, it's rapidly disappearing. On top of that, the glass casements built to exhibit the Declaration in the National Archives started disintegrating, adding a new threat to the venerable parchment. A unique team of leading conservators, engineers, and historians came to the rescue. Over five years, NOVA's cameras followed their challenging, controversial plan to save the Declaration, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. NOVA captured behind-the-scenes debates and intricate engineering tests as the team figured out how to design state-of-the-art casements that would protect these precious documents from further damage. Saving the National Treasures is a compelling evocation of their turbulent history and an insider's look at the extraordinary technology that now safeguards America's charters of freedom. - Container.

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are literally fading away. The Archives' curators have detected signs of decay. A five-year project is underway to design new encasements and a new rotunda for the charters.

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The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are considered the nation’s most important charters. Approximately one billion people visit the National Archives in Washington, DC each year to view them. Unfortunately, the documents are all in deteriorating condition after...
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