Priceless documents on display to celebrate NH State House's 200th birthday

Paula Tracy photoNew Hampshire State Police Lt. James Fogarty, Lt. Sean Haggerty, Trooper Matt Locke and Staff Sgt. Bill Graham protect the priceless 1789 Bill of Rights and 1823 Declaration of Independence which are on display this week in the State House visitors center.

CONCORD, N.H. – Gov. Chris Sununu along with former governors unveiled several valuable documents connected with our nation’s birth at the State House on Monday.

The 1789 Bill of Rights and an engraved copy of the 1823 Declaration of Independence will be on display now through Saturday at 2 p.m. in the visitors’ center at the State House as part of the building’s bicentennial celebration.

Former Gov. John H. Sununu, former Gov. Stephen Merrill, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, former Gov. Craig Benson, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, and Gov. Chris Sununu were on hand Monday to celebrate the State House Bicentennial.

There is no charge to visit the State House, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The documents are extremely rare and are being protected by the State Police during their exhibition. They are in fantastic condition, said Virginia Drew, director of the visitors’ center.

 

STATE HOUSE BICENTENNIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY: LEGISLATORS HOMECOMING DAY

10 a.m. – House and Senate in joint convention

Noon – Legislative Old Home Day picnic

FRIDAY: NH MADE STREET MARKET

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – New Hampshire Made Street Market, Capitol Street

SATURDAY: OPEN HOUSE

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Tours of the State House

2 p.m. – Closing ceremony

Information provided from nhstatehouse200.com