EXETER —Part of a “re-imagined” 2020 American Independence Festival that will include digital programming and possible in-person events, the American Independence Museum is inviting the public to participate in a community reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Presented by Newburyport Bank, the annual Festival had originally been scheduled to take place on Sat., July 11.

Regarding the community-wide reading of the Declaration of Independence, the museum’s Victoria Su, who organizes the Festival, said staff are excited to see submissions.

“All we ask is that you record in a quiet place, make sure you film horizontally and not vertically, and center yourself in the frame,” she said. “You are welcome to read all or part of the document by yourself or with friends and family. Everyone is encouraged to submit a video and add their voice to the reading.”

A transcript of the Declaration of Independence can be found at archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript. Submissions will be compiled, edited and shared by Exeter TV and the museum.

In celebration and commemoration of the day the original Dunlap Broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Exeter in 1776, the final video will premiere on Thurs., July 16 through ExTV and the museum’s social media channels.

To submit a video, or learn more about the 2020 American Independence Festival, visit independencemuseum.org.

The American Independence Museum features a collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, including one of 26 surviving copies of the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence and two rare drafts of the U.S. Constitution.

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