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First State is Last Stop for National Archives Tour Delaware Art Museum - Bank One Center on the Riverfront
September 2 - October 17, 2004
Wilmington, DE, (August 2004)— The Emancipation Proclamation, t he Louisiana Purchase Treaty , Thomas Edison’s patent for the light bulb, and John F. Kennedy’s notes on his inaugural address are just a few of the milestone documents that will be and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recently voted by the public as three of the top ten most important documents in U. S. history, are among 27 original documents that will be on display in American Originals: Treasures from the National Archives, September 2 through October 17, 2004 at the Delaware Art Museum at the at the Bank One Center on the Riverfront.
The First State is the final stop on the three-year national tour of American Originals, a traveling exhibition that features more than 20 original documents drawn from the holdings of the National Archives. In Delaware, the exhibition is co-sponsored by the Department of State, the Delaware Public Archives, the Riverfront Development Corporation and the Delaware Art Museum.
Of special interest to Delaware residents will be Delaware’s ratification of the Constitution, dated December 7, 1787. Delaware was the first of nine states state to ratify the constitution Constitution for it to take effect. Delaware thus earned earning the distinction as “The First State” of the new Federal Union.
The First State is the final stop on the three-year national tour of the exhibition. The A highlight of the exhibition will be a special four-day public display of pages from the Emancipation Proclamation , signed by Abraham Lincoln in of 1863 . This is the first time that the Emancipation Proclamation has been in Delaware in more than 55 years. The Emancipation Proclamation thatmarked a major milestone in the final destruction of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation Proclamation will be on display from Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3. Due to the fragile condition of the Emancipation Proclamation , it can only be displayed for a limited time.
The National Archives only permits the document to be viewed for a limited time due to the document’s fragility.
In a nationwide vote sponsored by the National Archives, National History Day, and U.S. News & World Report, two of the documents, the Louisiana Purchase and the Emancipation Proclamation, were voted as the fourth and fifth most important documents in American history, following the Declarat ion of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Thomas Edison’s patent for the light bulb was also included in the list of top 100 documents. This list was part of a national initiative titled “The People’s Vote: 100 Documents that Shaped America. ”=
Hours during American Originals: Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm (last entry to gallery is at 7pm); Sun 12 – 5 p.m. Last entry to gallery is at 7 p.m. On September 10 and 30, the Museum will close at 4 p.m. Admission to the Delaware Art Museum: Adults $7; Senior Citizens (60 and over) $5; Children Age 6 and under, Free; Students $2.50; Registered School Groups, Free.
In conjunction with American Originals , the Delaware Art Museum has scheduled a variety of public programs.
Evening Lecture Series
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission. Refreshments and light fare included.
To pre-register, contact Saralyn Rosenfield at 302-571-9590, ext. 504.
Nixon Revisited: The New Tapes and Other Documents from the Archives
Lecture by John Powers, Archivist at NARA.
Preservation of the Charters of Freedom
Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Kitty Nicholson, Conservators at the National Archives, will speak on the role of conservation at NARA and discuss their current projects.
School & Youth Programs
Thursday, October 14 & Friday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.
“Selections from 1776, The Musical: The Story of the Birth of our Country”
Excerpts from the Broadway Musical. Ages 12 and up. Weekday times are for registered school groups only. To register, call 302-571-9590, ext. 651. Saturday’s production is open to the public and free with Museum admission.
Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m. Free with Museum admission.
“President Lincoln Lives—Stories and Skits about Lincoln”
Young visitors will enjoy listening to Abraham Lincoln as he recounts stories
from his childhood and presidency.
Saturday, September 25, 1–4:15 p.m.
“How to use Primary Resources in the Classroom”
To register, contact the Delaware Teacher Center at 302-736-6723.
Docent & Group Tours
Saturdays & Sundays -guides will be present in the exhibition
Monday through Friday -reserved group tours of American Originals
Free to all registered school groups.
Contact Courtney Waring at 302-571-9590, ext. 651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Originals was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. and the Foundation for the National Archives.
During the Delaware Art Museum's expansion at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, the collection and Museum activities are housed at the Bank One Center on the Riverfront, 800 South Madison St., Wilmington, DE, 19801.
Hours during American Originals: Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun 12 – 5 p.m. Admission to the Delaware Art Museum: Adults $7; Senior Citizens (60 and over) $5; Children Age 6 and under, Free; Students $2.50; Registered School Groups, Free.
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During renovations of its permanent facility at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, the Delaware Art Museum is temporarily located at the Bank One Center on the Riverfront, 800 South Madison St., Suite B, Wilmington, DE, 19801.
Hours: Tues - Fri, 10am - 4pm; Sat, 10am -5pm; Sun 1pm - 5pm. Closed Mondays.
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