After more than two centuries, a rare publication of the Declaration of Independence is on display for the first time ever at Cincinnati Museum Center.
The Holt broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence dates back to July 9, 1776, when New York printer John Holt was tasked to print 500 copies of the Declaration of Independence in broadside form. Five days earlier, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the Declaration of Independence, which declared the 13 colonies free and independent from Great Britain. Approval of the Declaration became unanimous on July 9, when New York passed a resolution approving it.
Until recently, only three copies of this edition were known to exist. Then Barb Dawson, Curator of Printed Works in the Cincinnati History Library & Archives, took a closer look at a Holt broadside printing that had been in Cincinnati Museum Center's collections since the 1870s and helped bring attention to the fact that it is rarer than anyone had presumed before. Christie's researched the document and confirmed its authenticity as the fourth known copy.
Cincinnati's Museum Center's Holt broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence is on display for the first time as a centerpiece of the Treasures of Our Military Past exhibit from May 15-Sept. 20, 2015. It is the centerpiece of an exhibit dedicated to the men and women who have sacrificed to defend the truths that Americans have held to be self-evident for over two centuries.