Thursday, October 22, 2009

National Treasure On Tour

I received the following announcement today:

"On Saturday, October 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) will display one of only twenty-six known original printed copies of the Declaration of Independence.

The document—coming to Virginia thanks to the Pearson Foundation and Declare Yourself—is one of close to 200 broadsides [large posters] created from Thomas Jefferson's original draft by twenty-nine-year-old print shop owner John Dunlap. Ordered by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, Dunlap's printed copies of the Declaration of Independence were distributed the next day to the thirteen states, King George in England, and George Washington to be read to the soldiers of the Continental Army.

Until 1989, only twenty-four Dunlap's broadsides were known to have survived. That year, a man purchased a framed painting in a Philadelphia flea market for $4. Upon examining a tear in the back of the painting, he discovered the copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Take advantage of free admission to the VHS this Saturday (Members are free EVERY day) and see the only traveling copy of the Declaration of Independence - never before displayed in Virginia."


If you can possibly get to LVA this Saturday, please go! This is a National Treasure!!!

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