Valley Forge to exhibit the Only True Copy of the Declaration of Independence at July 4th Celebration

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See and hear America's History Detective's Incredible Story of Discovery

Valley Forge National Park will have one of only two known, authentic copies of the Original Declaration of Independence on display for the park's July 4th celebration. Set for Thursday, July 4th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. the exhibit will allow the public to view the Declaration as it might have looked in July 1776.

Rescued from obscurity by America's History Detective, Tom Lingenfelter, a former USA Counter-intelligence Special Agent and President of the Heritage Collectors' Society, this copy of the Declaration has been authenticated to be the only true likeness of the engrossed (handwritten) copy of the 1776 original Declaration and is the most faithful and perfect copy in existence.

Considered to be 'historically more important' than the original, Jeffrey Ryan, PhD. substantiated the significance of Lingenfelter's discovery by saying that this is one of the only direct and original copies of the Declaration ever made, "the fact that the resultant damage to the original made another copy impossible amplifies it's importance." Robert Lucas, Historical Document & Ephemera Consultant said of Lingenfelter's Declaration, "This is a truly significant, historic find, especially since no one knew it even existed. It answers the mystery of what happened to the original Declaration, America's National Treasure. It certainly deserves to be described as priceless."

Tom Lingenfelter will be present during the exhibit to discuss and explain some of the mysteries of the Declaration and the steps he took to establish the authenticity of the Only True Copy of the Original Declaration of Independence. Lingenfelter's discovery revealed that Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia, Pa., possessed, unknowingly, the only other authentic anastatic copy of "America's Birth Certificate."

The free exhibit is being held at the Valley Forge National Park's Visitor Center. Get up close and personal with the "Birth Certificate of America" and it's story by discoverer, Tom Lingenfelter, This Thursday, July 4th!

Tom Lingenfelter, 215-230-5330
Doylestown, PA 18901

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