Rare Declaration Of Independence Copy Coming To Crystal Bridges

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville will offer its newest slice of Americana at the end of this month.

The museum is bringing a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence to its campus and admission will be free.

Beth McEvoy with KUAR-FM 89 News reports:

Crystal Bridges spokeswoman Laura Jacobs says the Dunlap broadsides are a version of the Declaration printed on the night of July 4, 1776, by John Dunlap, from his shop in Philadelphia. It is estimated that about 200 copies were printed, of which 25 are known to still exist.

“(The declarations were) rapi

dly disturbed throughout the colonies to inform the residents of their new found independence. We didn’t have phones, we didn’t have fax machines, we had horses and we had people who would could carry messages and read them aloud in public squares or in other public venues,” says Jacobs.

The exhibit runs from June 30 through September 3.

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