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Creating the United States
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Date: Recurs every Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, October 11, 2012 - February 17, 2013
Time: Tues-Fri: 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Closed ... more
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. , Los Angeles , 90049
Cross Streets: Muholland / Sepulveda
Region: Westside/Beverly Hills Area view map
Phone: (310) 440-4500
Admission: Included with Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; $5 Children 212; FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2; FREE to all visitors on Thursday
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Description: Following the recent presidential election, with the future of America hotly debated every day, discover how our nations founders managed to build a strong and resilient republic even in the face of political turmoil in their own time.

Organized by the Library of Congress, Creating the United States illuminates how the founding documentsthe Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rightswere forged out of insight, invention, and creativity, as well as collaboration, competition, and compromise. While fulfilling the principles laid down by the founders has been a struggle throughout the centuries, the documents they painstakingly wrote are living instruments, essential to the evolution of America and its future.

On view are original documents and autograph letters by George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson; a first edition of Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776); engravings by Paul Revere; a William J. Stone copy of the Declaration of Independence (1847); a Members Edition of the United States Constitution (1787); a facsimile of Jeffersons desk on which he drafted the Declaration of Independence; and an original copy of Abraham Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation (1863). Rarely has the history of American democracy been so vividly assembled for public exhibition in Southern California.
Submitted By: Skirball Cultural Center
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