Jan 30 , 2012

First page of the Emancipation Proclamation, written in 1863

Most people who can say they have seen the Emancipation Proclamation in person have made the trip to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. But Houstonians are in luck! We will have the chance to see this important document at the Houston Museum of Natural Science during its brief five-day visit from February 16-20.

When the document was on display at the Henry Ford Museum this past year, more than 21,000 people came to see it over a 36-hour period. According to Amy Potts, director of adult education at HMNS, the delicate document is only shown in short increments of time with reduced lighting to protect its condition and continued well being.

Our spring course, “The Emancipation Proclamation: A Rare Look at a Monumental Document”, kicks off with the opportunity to skip the lines and walk right up to this historic, handwritten document with a small group of fellow classmates. To continue the discussion over the next four weeks of the course, participants will then have the chance to delve deeper into its impact with distinguished faculty from Rice University, Duke University, the University of Oklahoma, City University of New York as well as noted Civil War historians.

Register for this course before February 7 to receive an early registration discount. Visit www.hmns.org for more information on the Discovering the Civil War exhibit.

Photo courtesy National Archives and Records Administration

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