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Declaration of Independence on Display in Hartford



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    Declaration of Independence tour comes to Connecticut.

    Connecticut is the third to last stop on the 10-year, 50-state tour of the Declaration of Independence, but it's finally our turn nonetheless. 

    The rare copy will be on display for free at the Old State House in Hartford on Tuesday, reports the Hartford Courant. Organizers want residents to have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the document just as it appeared off a Philadelphia printer's press on the night of July 4, 1776.

    TV producer Norman Lear bought one of 25 surviving copies printer John Dunlap made for $8.14 million at an online auction in 2000.

    In 1989, a shopper bought a painting at a flea market for $4 because he liked the frame and discovered the Declaration copy behind the canvas.

    Now the Lear Family Foundation has managed the tour, which finishes this week in Rhode Island and Maine. Afterward, it will go to a new anonymous owner.

    The Declaration will be on display at the Old State House starting at 10 a.m. and there will be a series of public readings, which fit the Declaration's history.