Keywords: Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1774-09-26 Location: Philadelphia; Quincy Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1776-12-30 Location: Baltimore Media: Ink on paper
Fewer than 30 copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. John Dunlap hurriedly printed copies for distribution to assemblies, conventions, committees and military officers. Authenticating authenticity of the document requires examination of numerous details of the broadside.
The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.
The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?