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Bangor City Council Chair Nelson Durgin and Museum Executive Director Jennifer Pictou unveil the Declaration of Independence at BIA Bangor City Council Chair Nelson Durgin and Museum Executive Director Jennifer Pictou unveil the Declaration of Independence at BIA
Rare copy of Declaration of Independence on display

BANGOR - It's a piece of history many of us only get to see in textbooks, but not anymore. A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display at the Bangor International Airport courtesy of the Bangor Museum and History Center.

"This copy of the Declaration is one of the many valuable articles at the Bangor Museum. We are pleased to be able to work with the airport in our endeavors to engage the community in the stories of history that enrich all of our lives and serve as models for the future,” said Jennifer Pictou, executive director of the Bangor Museum and History Center.

This unique document, printed by William J. Stone in 1823, is believed to be one of just 50 remaining in existence. According to Pictou, the Bangor Museum and History Center received the historical piece in 1914 via donation from a woman in North Newburgh, Maine. 

"Since I've been here, this is one of the more unique items that we've had on display," said Tony Caruso, Bangor International Airport director. "We have an outstanding display of Bangor's water tower which goes back to Bangor's history, but this is the first display I recall that has a national significance in terms of our country."

Passengers and BIA visitors will be able to view the copy of the Declaration of Independence on the second floor of the airport over the next several months.

"It's exciting," said Caruso. "There's been a lot of interest and people coming over to view the historic artifact."

Once it is returned to the museum, it will be put into storage and out of the sight of visitors.

"It will most likely be put into secure storage again unless we have another place to display it," said Pictou. "Our objects go on loan frequently with other institutions." 

Besides BIA, the museum has pieces currently on display at the Hudson Museum, Saco Museum and Maine State Museum.

For more information on the Bangor Museum and History Center's copy of the Declaration of Independence, log onto www.bangormuseum.org.

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