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Rare historic document to be on display Monday

Published 3:25pm Friday, March 14, 2014

The one of the first documents signed by the United State’s founding fathers will be on display in Hartselle Monday and Tuesday.

The Sons of the American Revolution will be bringing the original signature page of the Articles of Association as approved by the 1st Continental Congress in 1774 to Daystar Church on Nanceford Road at 7 p.m. Monday. The event is open to the public and is hosted by the Hartselle Historic Society.

Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson said document features the original signatures of 53 of our Founding Fathers.

“What’s unique about this isn’t necessarily the importance of the document, but it’s who signed the document,” Thompson said. “The signature page included original signatures of George Washington, John Adams and other founding fathers. And it’s going to be here in Hartselle, not at the national archives or some other place.”

Thompson said Bill Stone, a Montgomery man who is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, has agreed to bring the page and then deliver a 20-minute talk about the document’s importance.

“There are only two known copies of this in the world,” Thompson said. “One of them is owned by the Queen (of England). It was confiscated during the American Revolution and has never been released.”

The articles will also be presented to all classes at Hartselle High School on Monday and Tuesday. History students in fifth, sixth and seventh periods will attend the presentation on Monday while first, second, third and fourth-period students will attend it Tuesday.

Thompson said donations will be accepted at the event at Daystar Church to help defray the speaker’s travel expenses.

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