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George Washington's Acts of Congress

George Washington’s personal copy of the Laws of the United States, First Session 1789, also known as the Acts of Congress, has concluded its tour on display at the 13 Presidential Libraries through a special partnership between the National Archives and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

The tour began March 1, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA and continued on to the other twelve libraries. The tour made its final stop at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO September 21, 2013. View the tour schedule.

The Acts of Congress will take permanent residence at The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, currently under construction by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association on Washington’s estate.

The Acts of Congress and You

At each Presidential Library visitors had a chance to become part of history by offering their personal reflections on the Constitution and the American Presidency by writing in a hard cover book.  Visitors are invited to contribute comments via The Acts of Congress and You blog.

Visit the blog and tell us your thoughts:

If you could ask our Founding Fathers one question, what would you ask them?
As President of a new nation, what would be the first thing you do?
What would be the key theme of your first Inaugural Address?

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