Thanks to a collaboration between Robert Hardy, The Remnant Trust Incorporated, and the Willennar Genealogy Center, we have some amazing historical documents to share with the community for the next few weeks! These documents include the following:
- A copy of the Magna Carta, Statutes of the Realm, and Register of Writs circa 1350. This manuscript is written in Latin and Anglo-Norman on parchment. The Magna Carta, also known as The Great Charter, was first issued in 1215 to make peace between King John of England and a group of barons.
- The First Connecticut Printing of the United States Constitution from 1788. This document is a first edition, and one of only five known copies. This was the ratified version that Connecticut agreed to, and the Constitution became effective on March 4, 1789.
- The third Dunlap edition of the Declaration of Independence from 1777. It is one of only three known copies. This is part III of the “Journals and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Common-Wealth of Pennsylvania” containing the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was officially adopted July 4, 1776, to announce and explain the separation from Great Britain and that the thirteen American colonies now considered themselves as a sovereign nation.
- A journal of the First Session of the Senate of the United States of America, begun and held at the City of New York, March 4, 1789. The “journal” covers the first session of the United States Senate that took place from March 4 to September 29, 1789.
These amazing documents will only be with us for a little while, so plan your trip into the Willennar Genealogy Center! With Independence Day around the corner, now may be the perfect time to see these incredible documents! Our helpful staff will gladly tell you more about these items, the Remnant Trust, and the genealogy building.