Rare Piece Of American History On Display At Valley Forge National Park

CBS Philly

By Brad Segall

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (CBS) — Valley Forge National Park will celebrate the Fourth of July on Thursday by displaying a true copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of only two known to exist.

The exhibit will allow the public to view the Declaration as it might have looked in July of 1776, and since the original is basically unreadable, noted local historian Tom Lingenfelter says this is the next best thing.

“It’s basically like a photocopy of the original,” he says.

Lingenfelter picked up the document at a Bucks County flea market about 20 years ago. He thought it was a souvenir copy, but after some digging learned of its historical significance.

“It’s the Birth Certificate of America,” Lingenfelter says, “and it’s on America’s birthday, July Fourth. It can’t be much more significant, and a lot of people believe it’s probably the most important document in…

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