The Dunlap Broadside is a rare copy of the text of the Declaration of American Independence on display for the first time in Northern Ireland at the Ulster American Folk Park.Each Tuesday afternoon at 2pm until August 14, curators Dr Phil Mowat and Liam Corry will talk to visitors about the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence who have roots in Ulster.Each week the focus will be on a different signatory:24 July - Thomas McKean, son of Irish immigrant William McKean, who was born in Chester County Pennsylvania where he practiced as a lawyer before being admitted to the Supreme Court, became President of Congress in 1781.31 July - Edward Rutledge, described as ‘excessively vain, excessively weak and excessively variable and unsteady’, was the youngest signer of the Declaration and son of an Ulster physician.7 August - Matthew Thornton, who was born in Ulster in 1714, became a doctor in New Hampshire after distinguished service as a military physician.14 August - the eccentric James Smith, who was born in Ulster, was a lawyer and classical scholar who lived beside the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.There will also be an opportunity for visitors to hear Broadside Reading re-enactments on Saturday 28 July and Saturday 18 August at 1pm and 3pm. And at Castletown National School until 27 August they can enter the ‘Take twenty words’ calligraphy competition, where after a lesson on how handwriting was taught using slates, they can reproduce some lines from the Declaration.
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Ulster American Folk Park
2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, BT78 5QU
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