Where Can One See America’s Founding Documents in Person?

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Founding Documents
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Prior to his role as the president of Missouri-based firm Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as the company’s chief economist and senior vice president. Outside of his professional life, Donald L. Koch is involved in charitable work and founded an organization dedicated to helping American citizens better understand the importance of the founding documents of the United States.

The founding documents are a collection of writings composed between 1764 and 1791, before and after the American Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the United States as a sovereign nation. Though they include many papers written by historically significant figureheads of American history, the three main founding documents are considered to be the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

Those who wish to see the founding documents in person to learn about their significance firsthand can find them on display in Washington, D.C., located within the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum. Visitors may explore the museum and study the documents independently or participate in a guided tour to learn the facts and history behind their creation. Along with these primary founding documents, visitors also are able to see other notable historical writings, including the Magna Carta and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

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