Service Credit Union Displays Priceless Historical Artifacts
Curious to see what a Purple Heart awarded by Gen. George Washington looked like? This and other priceless historic artifacts and military medals will be on display next month in the lobby of $2.4 billion Service Credit Union in Portsmouth, N.H.
The display, drawn from the American Independence Museum in Exeter, N.H., includes a Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence, two original drafts of the U.S. Constitution and other historic artifacts. The display, which will run from May 18 - 29, is free and open to the public for viewing from noon to 5 p.m.
“We are privileged and honored to host these rare pieces of American history at our corporate offices,” said Gordon Simmons, president/CEO of the credit union. “It celebrates our founding fathers, our military and all of those who served to make our great country.”
The credit union display will be the first time all the pieces have been shown in one location. The fragile nature of many of many of the objects restricts having them on constant display, according to Julie Williams, executive director of the American Independence Museum.
“Due to climate control concerns, we are not in a position to display these items on a consistent basis, so we are very pleased to loan these historically significant artifacts to illuminate the struggles of those who continue to fight so we can maintain our freedom today,” Williams said.