Archive for Monday, April 4, 2011

Eisenhower Museum to display original copy of Declaration of Independence April 26-27

April 4, 2011


— The Eisenhower Museum in Abilene will display an original copy of the Declaration of Independence for two days in April.

The museum will have extended hours and reduced admission for the display on April 26-27.

The document is one of 25 known remaining original copies. About 200 copies were printed after the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.

The Salina Journal reports that the copy to be displayed in Abilene was discovered behind a framed painting purchased for $4 at a flea market. Hollywood producer Norman Lear bought it in 2000 for $8.14 million, and it has been shown since then in nearly every state.


bastet 6 years, 11 months ago

April 26-27 is not a weekend. Are these the correct dates?

wmathews 6 years, 11 months ago

April 26-27 are the correct dates. The AP issued a correction and I've updated the story. Thanks for letting us know!

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 11 months ago

Will they also be playing his Presidential Farewell Speech? You know the one where he warned the country about the hazards of letting the Military-Industrical-Congressional Complex run amuck.

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

Oops! Can we get a "do over?"

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