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New HSP Exhibit Features The Father Of Our Country

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Painting of U.S. President George Washington. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Painting of U.S. President George Washington. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a special, free exhibit on George Washington, beginning Tuesday.

The centerpiece of the exhibit comes from The Raab Collection, says Lee Arnold, Senior Director of the HSP Library:

“The focus item that we’re going to have is actually not an item from our collection, but is on loan to us just for this display, and it’s a letter from George Washington from December 30th, 1778, praising Philadelphia for the liberation of the national capital from the British.”

Joining it are items from the Society’s vaults, comprising what Arnold calls “the Washington shrine:”

“It’s a box that has both an image of Washington, a handwritten note from Washington and, more importantly, a locket of George Washington’s hair. It’s almost like a reliquary.”

You can see the display during the Society’s public hours from Tuesday through February 28th.

There’s no charge to see the display, but there is an admission fee for the rest of building at 13th and Locust Streets.

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