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Emancipation Proclamation on Display in Reno for Limited Time

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One of America's treasures is right here in our town for a limited time. Reno is the only city in the country that will display the Emancipation Proclamation this year!
Straight from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Emancipation Proclamation is more than 150 years old but the five pages are preserved so beautifully.

Those who handle this document wouldn't even tell me how it got here.

As a history refresher, this document was drafted in 1863 - declaring that "all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are and henceforward shall be free." Nevada played a key role in this as President Lincoln rushed our statehood to not only win re-election, but to also garner the support needed to ratify the 13th Amendment.
This document can only see limited light.
A lot of factors go into deciding who gets to display the Emancipation Proclamation, too. Officials inspected the museum studying the environmental factors and the security that will be provided to care for a document of this value.

"It can only be exhibited 36 hours a year and that is to protect the fragile inks and paper. If you notice the conditions vary; some of the passages are very faded and some of the pages are yellowed,” says Morgan Zinsmeister, National Archives.

"It's a huge coup for the Nevada Museum of Art and I think it really speaks to the good work that we do here. But when we talked to the Archives about how important this is to the Battle Born story, they said absolutely, yes!" says Amanda Horn, Nevada Museum of Art.

Governor Sandoval hosted a private gala Wednesday night featuring the Emancipation Proclamation. This will be the largest fundraiser the Nevada Museum of Art has ever had. We're talking $25,000 a table.  

All the money will go to the museum's education programs.

The document will be on display until Sunday, November 2nd.

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