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Rare Declaration of Independence print on the display

One of the first printed versions of the Declaration of Independence, is going on display. The print was made on the evening of July 4, 1776.

Just in time for the Fourth of July, an extremely rare printed copy of the Declaration of Independence has gone on display in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

One of the first printed versions of the Declaration of Independence, the parchment was printed by the Philadelphia John Dunlap in July 1776. Known as a broadside, the parchment is printed on one side.

The historic document is on loan from the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia. This is the first time that the parchment is displayed outside the library walls.

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“We are honored to be able to share this extraordinary treasure of the American founding with our visitors this summer,” said Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, vice-president of the collections, exhibitions and programming for the Museum, in a statement. “It is humbling to stand in the presence of an authentic witness of our nation’s birth.”

Our rarely displayed parchment copy of the Dunlap broadside Declaration of Independence (the only known copy) is now on display at @AmRevMuseum, just in time for the #4thofJuly 🇺🇸🎆https://t.co/FZD36ZRcAu

— Am Phil Society (@AmPhilSociety) June 26, 2018

“This document is an incredible history to tell,” said Dr. Patrick Spero, executive Director of the American Philosophical Society Library, in the statement. “We are happy to share it with the American people this 4th of July.”

Dunlap, an Irish immigrant, produced the first public versions of the Declaration on the evening of July 4, 1776. Only 26 of the estimated 200 pamphlets that Dunlap produced known. In contrast to these first pamphlets, which were printed on paper, is the copy that is currently on display in the Museum of the American Revolution is made of parchment, or parchment. It is the only one of its kind known, according to experts.

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The parchment, which the hotel has large text, it remains to be seen until November.

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