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Creating the United States

From the collection of Dr. Gary Milan.
Edward Savage, Benjamin Franklin LLD FRS (detail), mezotint, September 17, 1793.

The election may be behind us, but as we look forward to the future of our country, it's also important to remember where we came from. Go see Creating the United States, where original documents from our founding fathers are on view, including autographed letters by George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson; a first edition of Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776); engravings by Paul Revere; a William J. Stone copy of the Declaration of Independence (1787); and an original copy of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (1863). The exhibit is based on a similar one at the Library of Congress, which was seen by two million visitors, and aims to show how our country was founded on imagination, collaboration and compromise.

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