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Historic Mount Vernon to Unveil Washington's 'Acts of Congress'

The historic tome will be on display beginning Monday.

Historic Mount Vernon will unveil George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress on Monday.

The unveiling of this historic tome will coincide with the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

George Washington’s first draft of the U.S. Constitution will accompany the Acts of Congress through Oct. 29. This draft of the constitution is on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration and includes Washington’s handwritten notes during the Convention’s handling of each proposed clause.

“Exhibited together for the first time ever, the two publications shown in this gallery offer an unprecedented view of history in the making, through the mind and actions of America’s first president,” read a statement issued by Historic Mount Vernon.

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association acquired the copy of the Acts of Congress at an auction at Christie’s New York in June. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association bid $9.8 million for the book, setting a record bid for an American book or document. 

The Acts of Congress will be available for public viewing on Monday starting at noon. The Acts of Congress will be on display in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center through February 18, 2013.

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