"Freedom's Treasures" Exhibit at the State Capitol
November 10-11, 2010
The "Freedom’s Treasures" exhibit, a rare display of historical artifacts from the Revolutionary War era and early days of our nation, will be open to the public at the New York State Capitol's ceremonial Red Room, from 10 AM to 4 PM on November 10-11.
- Wednesday, November 10: Reservations are required for those interested in visiting the Freedom's Treasures exhibit on Wednesday. You can register online.
- Thursday, November 11: Reservations are NOT required on Thursday, November 11. Those interested in viewing the exhibit should enter the Capitol directly and follow the signs that will be posted.
The exhibit includes:
- Handwritten draft of George Washington's Farewell Address;
- Bronze bust of Washington;
- Leaves from Washington's copy of A Representation of the Cloathing of His Majesty’s Household and of all the Forces upon the Establishments of Great Britain and Ireland (the uniform book);
- Washington's dress sword;
- Benedict Arnold / John André papers;
- A print of John André crossing the Hudson River (based upon his own drawing of the event);
- Engrossed copy of the U.S. Constitution (original copy sent to New York State for ratification);
- DeWitt Clinton portrait; and
- DeWitt Clinton's writing desk and chair.
These treasures, held in trust for all New Yorkers by the New York State Archives, Library, and Museum, capture the distinctive history and enduring spirit of New York.
In announcing the exhibit, Governor David A. Paterson noted :
"Our nation's founding fathers and countless dedicated patriots put their lives on the line in support of the ideals of freedom and liberty. This important exhibition of rare and historic artifacts from America's struggle for freedom will inspire us all to remember and cherish our past, as New Yorkers and Americans. Veterans Day, on which we honor those who have protected and defended our nation, is a particularly auspicious time for us to reflect on the history of the United States through this remarkable collection."
The Office of Cultural Education has also created a Freedom's treasures online exhibit highlighting the collection.