Rare print of Declaration of Independence to be displayed in Altoona

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ALTOONA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A rare print of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Altoona Area Historical Museum this summer as part of the city's sesquicentennial celebration.

The print was donated to the State Historical Society of Iowa in 1947 by Altoona resident Rev. Mary Thornton Davenport. Her great-grandfather, Matthew Thorton, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Altoona's Articles of Incorporation, letters from state and federal dignitaries, the history of Fourth of July celebrations, Altoona's Centennial, Altoona Baloona Fest, Adventureland, Prairie Meadows and more will also be on display at the exhibit.

The Altoona museum will be open to the public during the Altoona 150 celebration July 26-29.

The Altoona Area Historical Museum's hours are:
Wednesday, July 25 — 5-8 p.m. (Historical Society Members Event)
Thursday, July 26 — 5-8 p.m.
Friday, July 27 — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 — 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 — 12-5 p.m.

For more information about the print and Altoona's 150 celebration click here.