State historical artifacts on display

benedict arnold pass

A pass Benedict Arnold wrote for "Mr. John Anderson," who was actually British major John Andre.

A group of rarely-displayed historical New York artifacts will be on display at the Capitol Wednesday and Thursday. Included in the exhibit:

  • Handwritten draft of George Washington's Farewell Address
  • 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 (evidence pointing to Arnold being a traitor)
  • 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's writing desk and chair

The exhibit is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm (you need reservations on Wednesday; they're not required on Thursday).

You can also view the artifacts online.

Earlier on AOA: The story of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, whose plans for West Point Arnold tried to sell to the British

image via NYSED Office of Cultural Education

Comments

That's really awesome, but it's terrible hours. I'll be at work and won't be able to get over there.

went today -- so worth the effort to get there. Thanks again to AOA for the heads up!

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