Handwritten copy of Declaration of Independence on display at Gilcrease Museum

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A handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display at the Gilcrease Museum from July 2-7. (Courtesy of Gilcrease Museum)

The Gilcrease Museum is putting its most treasured American document – a handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence – on display from July 2 through 7.

The document was used in 1777 by Benjamin Franklin as part of his diplomatic communication with the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia. The copy is in the hand of Silas Dean, who served with Franklin in Paris.

Thomas Gilcrease saw it on the Freedom Train, an exhibition of patriotic objects documenting the nation’s heritage of freedom and the many sacrifices made over the years to preserve it, and acquired it.

The first day the Declaration will be on display is July 2, which is TU Tuesday. The University of Tulsa sponsors the day, making it a free admission day for all museum-goers.

Bank of America customers will have free admission on July 6 and 7 as part of Museums on Us.

Gilcrease Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday, but Mondays.

For more information on the display, click here.