When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
June 20, 1782 – The US Congress officially adopts the Great Seal of the United States of America to be affixed to treaties and presidential proclamations. Both sides of this great seal are found on the back of every US one-dollar bill.
On July 4, 1776, the same day America’s thirteen separate states united to declare themselves an independent nation, the Continental Congress began to create their national emblem, the Great Seal of the United States. During the next six years of the Revolution, three different committees submitted ideas for this graphic image of America, but none were acceptable. On June 13, 1782, Congress turned the task over to their trusted Secretary, Charles Thomson.
Using symbolic elements from all three committees, plus imagery and mottoes of his own, Thomson created a design. A week later, he presented the written description of this two-sided design to Congress, and The Great Seal of the United States was officially adopted on June 20, 1782.
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