See the famous words of The Declaration of Independence come to life in Boalsburg this weekend! On today's show, Christopher Lee joins us to discuss his connection the the historic document. He also talks about an event at Boal Mansion where a dramatic reading of The Declaration of Independence will take place Saturday, July 5th.
Excerpt from a Press Release on the event from the Boal Mansion website:
"On Saturday, July 5, 2014, Boalsburg will bring the Declaration of Independence to life with a dramatic reading at the Boal Mansion Museum by community leaders and a distinguished French visitor to celebrate the community’s special tie to the Declaration.
Richard Henry Lee, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, is an ancestor of the Boal family and his portrait and original signature will be on display during the afternoon. In June 1776, Lee offered the resolution for independence in Congress that became the Declaration of Independence which he then signed in July.
Reading the Declaration will be Penn State University professors Charles Dumas (Theater) and Arthur Goldschmidt (Middle East Studies), State College Council member Thomas Daubert; Christopher Lee, a descendant of Richard Henry Lee and CEO of the Boal Mansion Museum; and a young French visitor, Louis de Truchis, whose uncle, Bernard de Montferrand, is the president of the French branch of the Society of the Cincinnati, a group of descendants of French officers who served in the American War of Independence. Montferrand is also a cousin of Christopher Lee.
Lee, Dumas, Goldschmidt and Truchis will also be reading the Declaration of Independence the night before at the 4thFest in State College at the Center Stage at 9 pm just before the fireworks display.
After the reading, the Boal Mansion Museum is offering a free tour at 1:30 of the internationally renowned Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum where visitors can see the portrait and original signature of Boal ancestor Richard Henry Lee as well as a lock of hair of Napoleon, the Admiral's desk of Christopher Columbus and two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus."
Dramatic Reading of the
Declaration of Independence
Boal Mansion Museum
Saturday, July 5 @ 1:30 pm
Free Mansion Tours, Garden Party & More!