On display indefinitely | Level 5
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress — made up of delegates from all 13 Colonies — adopted the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to publish the declaration. On display in this compelling exhibit is one of only 19 known copies of the historic newspaper. This rare printing shows the declaration as Americans first saw it — as front-page news.
Featuring illustrated graphics and interactive kiosks that allow visitors to examine the newspaper in great detail, the exhibit tells the story of what led delegates from all 13 Colonies to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Some of the most tumultuous and trying chapters in American history are highlighted, including the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party and news of war erupting from the battles of Lexington and Concord.
As the United States celebrates the 240th anniversary of its independence from Great Britain, the exhibit explores how news of freedom spread through the Colonies and abroad and played a crucial role in uniting American colonists behind the cause of independence.
“1776 — Breaking News: Independence” was made possible with generous support from David M. Rubenstein.
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