Thomas Jefferson's Writing Desk: a Relic of Independence




Hear about the little desk upon which the Declaration of Independence was written . . .

Ed Zappen, of Wisconsin Rapids, had the unique opportunity to view and touch Thomas Jefferson’s original desk at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. 
Ed will present his own reproduction of the desk along with a lively presentation about this little-known historical artifact.  He will discuss the events that lead to the drafting of the Declaration, and how Jefferson was chosen as the draftsman. 

edEd is a long time woodworker and an amateur 18th Century furniture maker.  He is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Additionally, as a Jefferson fan and Revolutionary War buff, he couldn’t help but research the desk and try his hand at this reproduction.  He has maintained contact with the curator at the Smithsonian to continue research on the desk.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 7:00pm
in the O’Neill Room, lower level of the library
Elm Grove Public Library
13600 Juneau Blvd., Elm Grove

~ This program is free and open to the public ~


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