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"What's past is prologue."--William Shakespeare,  The Tempest

The full quote, "Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come, In yours and my discharge," is a reminder that the past not only informs the present, but that how we use those lessons will dictate our future. In this spirit, Robert Aitken created a dramatic sculpture in 1935 entitled The Future with the phrase "What is Past is Prologue" inscribed on its base. The sculpture is located on the northeast corner of The National Archives and Records Administration building in Washington, D.C.

For nearly 50 years, Prologue magazine has brought its readers stories based on the rich holdings and programs of the National Archives across the nation--from Washington, D.C., to the regional archives and the Presidential libraries. Prologue magazine is published quarterly by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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