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Library of Congress treasures shown in Brainerd

A traveling exhibit from the Library of Congress will be in Brainerd today and Wednesday, to give residents a glimpse of historic materials. Included in the trailer of treasures, says the LOC, will be:

… facsimiles of the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first document to use the word “America”); the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world; the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s “Frog-i-More Rag”; and Walt Whitman’s poem “Leaves of Grass.”

The trailer will be parked in the Brainerd City Hall parking lot near South Sixth and Laurel Sts., says the Brainerd Dispatch.

Brainerd Mayor James Wallin told the paper: “I think it’s wonderful that we have this kind of exhibit in our city. I’m hoping people take advantage of it and go through it and enjoy it.”

The traveling exhibit has already been in Mankato and Willmar as part of a Midwest tour.

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