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Mary Katherine Goddard produces
First complete print of the Declaration

The Declaration of Independence was an act of treason. The men that signed the parchment Declaration of Independence, now in the National Archives, were literally pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. They knew that their support of an act of independence would come back to haunt them if the British defeated George Washington and the Continental Army. If you take a closer look at a broadside printed in January 1777 by order of the Continental Congress, you'll notice another name committed to the cause. Not a signer, but a printer. Not a man, but a woman. Meet Mary Katherine Goddard, printer and postmaster to the Second Continental Congress in Baltimore. 



What: multiyear effort to commemorate the semi-quincentennial (250th) anniversary of the United States 


Who: a coalition of public and private partners coordinated by the non- partisan U.S. Semi-quincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and its supporting nonprofit America250 Foundation


Why: to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history


When: 2020 – 2027 with the culmination on July 4, 2026

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