For those of you in or near the Atlanta area, we invite you to join us on Monday, January 21 as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free showing of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in our Museum theaters. (Specific schedule details will be announced soon! Check back on our Events webpage for the most current information.) Come with your friends for a big screen presentation of the Inauguration. The screening is free. Also, feel free to come early or stay late to see the Carter Presidential Museum while you are here. (Museum Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Military & Students with ID $6, Children 16 and under are free.)
For those of you in or near Washington, D.C., the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film is presenting a selection of archival motion pictures from the holdings of the National Archives in celebration of the 2013 Presidential inauguration. On January 21, the President’s swearing-in ceremony will be shown live in the William G. McGowan Theater. Details can be found online. (The Inauguration of Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977) tentatively will be shown January 17th at noon.)
“Presidential inaugurations are important civic rituals in our nation’s political life. The Constitution requires that presidential electoral votes be opened and counted by the Senate and House of Representatives meeting together, that the candidate with a majority of electoral votes be declared the victor, and that the president-elect, before taking charge of the office, swear an oath of office to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'” –Archives.gov, Center for Legislative Archives
For researchers interested in President Carter’s Inauguration or other past inaugurations, be sure to visit the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) for information on how to locate original historical records regarding inaugural activities–you’ll find over a hundred results. While searching ARC, also be sure to search the system for Digital Copies. The Carter Library has several digital images and digitized contact sheets related to the Carters and the Inauguration available for viewing through ARC. On the Library’s website, you can also find the text of the Inaugural Address of Jimmy Carter.
If that’s not enough inaugural insight for you, try out the National Archives’ Inaugural Quiz! Let us know how you do!