Fourth of July celebration at National Library of Scotland
US Independence Day is being celebrated on 4 July at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) when members of the public will get a rare chance to see some fascinating material from the American collections.
One of the prized items on display will be a signed copy of a book once owned by the country's first President, George Washington. His personal copy of his 'Official letters to the Honorable American Congress' has the President's signature on the title page and contains handwritten notes from the editor, John Carey, for his consideration.
It has just returned to NLS earlier this month from George Washington's historic estate, Mount Vernon' where it had been on loan to the Fred W Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
Another highlight will be excerpts from the diaries of Henrietta Liston, wife of the Scottish diplomat Robert Liston who served after the American Revolution as British Minister to the United States. She knew many major figures of the time and recorded candid observations on American society, customs and politics.
Those attending will also be able to view handwritten letters from Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
Admission is free, but there are only limited places available at 10am and 11.15am. They need to be booked in advance either online at https://auth.nls.uk/events/ or by phone on 0131 623 3734.
International Collections Curator Dora Petherbridge said: 'We decided to celebrate July 4 by offering people the opportunity to see some fascinating rare material from our collections. It evokes significant political moments from the revolutionary period and we hope it will prove to be of interest.'
2 July 2014