Independence Day Readings

Once again this July 4th, at 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of Sawyer Library at Williams College, actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival will read the Declaration of Independence of July 1776, the British reply to the Declaration of September 1776, King George III’s speech to Parliament of October 1776, and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Admission is free. The readers this year will be Rebecca Naomi Jones, Gregg Mozgala, Wendell Pierce, and Katy Sullivan, the cast of Cost of Living, on the Nikos Stage through July 10th.

The Chapin Library’s collection of original Founding Documents of the United States is on permanent display in the Chapin Gallery (Sawyer 406), and will be open on July 4th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., and then again after the readings until 3:00. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Also on display at this time are “While Thy Booke Doth Live”: Shakespeare and His World in the Chapin Gallery, treasures from the Chapin Library in the adjacent Instruction Gallery, and Progress through Struggle: Student Activism at Williams in the Steven Schow ’81 Gallery along with Audubon’s Birds of America. – WGH

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