Tom Hanks to be Honored by National Archives Foundation

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The actor will receive the 2017 Records of Achievement award, recognizing his career supporting history through filmmaking.

Actor Tom Hanks is being honored by the National Archives Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The National Archives Foundation, the nonprofit partner to the National Archives, announced Monday that Hanks will receive its 2017 Records of Achievement Award. The foundation says the honor will recognize Hanks' career supporting history through both acting and filmmaking.

In a statement, the foundation says it is honoring Hanks "for his powerful illumination of the American story through his vast body of work in film and television during the past four decades."

Hanks will receive the award at the foundation's annual gala Oct. 21 at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. The gala will include a question and answer session with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.