Karpeles museum opens today


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Posted Online: Oct. 01, 2012, 12:01 am
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The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum's first day is planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The museum, at 700 22nd St., Rock Island, will open with an exhibit featuring the life and writings of Mark Twain, which will be displayed through the end of the year. Admission is free; regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The organization, which has 12 museums throughout the United States, is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts and documents. The archives include manuscripts from the fields of literature, science, religion, history and art. Among the treasures are the original draft of the Bill of Rights of the United States, the original manuscript of "The Wedding March," Albert Einstein's description of his Theory of Relativity and the "Thanksgiving Proclamation" signed by George Washington.

For more information, visit karpeles.org.






 












 



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