We visited the National Archives a few years ago in Washington D.C. before they ruined the city.
At any rate, I was disappointed not to be able to read the Declaration of Independence in the Archives.
The original documents of the United States (The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights) are housed today in the National Archives in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. But surprisingly, it was cold and dark in the Rotunda and my eyes aren’t the best, so it was very difficult to actually read the document. Light fades ink and destroys parchment and paper, so light levels in the Rotunda are deliberately kept low. This parchment has been proudly displayed over many decades, including 35 years of exposure to sunlight opposite a window in the Patent Office Building. Today, it is sealed in the most scientifically advanced housing that preservation technology can provide.
That was a disappointment to me, but you can still read and cherish the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, announcing a complete break with Britain and expressing the ideals on which the United States was founded:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Sadly few students today, no matter what level in the public schools, as well in many private schools, are being exposed to these documents or really understand how they made America unique in the world. That has to change if we are to remain a free Republic. Read the full document here.
Remember, we’re all in this together! (oh, except for all government employees, politicians, teachers, and all public sector union members, who all got full pay, benefits & pensions throughout the Plan-demic).
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)