See the Declaration of Independence Draft Before It’s Too Late.

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We all know that a final, signed version of the Declaration of Independence is on display at the National Archives, but I was completely unaware until today that a draft of the Declaration is currently on display at the Library of Congress as part of their “Creating the United States” exhibit.

This draft, in Thomas Jefferson’s own hand, and with edits scratched out and penned in by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, is rotating out of the exhibit on October 29th for document preservation purposes. So go now! While you still can!

If you can’t make it and you’re one of the 33% of WLDC readers actually using Internet Explorer for Windows, there’s a cool Silverlight-powered interactive version of the draft online.

Tiffany Baxendell Bridge is an Internet enthusiast and an incurable smartass. When not heckling the neighborhood political scene on Twitter, she can be found goofing off with her ukulele, Bollywood dancing, or obsessing about cult TV. She is That Woman With the Baby In the Bar.

Tiffany lives in Brookland with her husband Tom, son Charlie, and two high-maintenance cats. Read why Tiffany loves DC.

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