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Original Print of the Declaration of Independence to Be Viewed at CSU Dominguez Hills
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Caption Bullet"Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776" by John Trumbull; more below

Original Print of the Declaration of Independence to Be Viewed at CSU Dominguez Hills

One of the 26 original existing prints of the Declaration of Independence will be on view at California State University, Dominguez Hills on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Loker Student Union. The College of Professional Studies has collaborated with the Pearson Foundation to present the document, which was created by printer John Dunlap on July 4, 1776 only hours after Thomas Jefferson completed its final draft. These original copies were taken to be read across the 13 American colonies.

The copy of the Declaration of Independence to be featured was discovered in 1989 in the back of a picture frame purchased at a flea market and was later sold to television producer and activist Norman Lear, founder of Declare Yourself, in 2000 for $8.1 million.

The Pearson Foundation along with Declare Yourself and the National Parent/Student Mock Election, has sponsored a six-city national tour of the Declaration of Independence as part of their collective mission to teach young people about the democratic process.

Guests at CSU Dominguez Hills will be allowed to view the document closely in a shielded glass casing in a single-file line. No flash photography will be allowed, but video recording is permitted. All ages are welcome to view the Declaration of Independence and admission is free.

Parking is available in Lot 6 off Tamcliff Avenue and Victoria Street. For additional information, please contact David Gamboa, Director of Government and Community Relations, at dgamboa@csudh.edu.

For more information about the Declaration of Independence tour, click here.

- Joanie Harmon

Above: John Trumbull's painting in the United States Capitol Rotunda which is widely known as the "Signing of the Declaration of Independence" is actually a depiction of the presentation of a draft of the document to Congress.

Courtesy of ushistory.org


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Last updated April 16, 2010 11:38 AM by Joanie Harmon