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Massachusetts Historical Society is a treasure trove

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The oldest historical society in America, founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society has a little-known treasure trove of artifacts, including the pen with which President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a copy by Thomas Jefferson of his original draft of the Declaration of Independence, and a table made from pieces of the dome of the US Capitol, used at the inaugurations of Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Among the art: works by John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart, a portrait by John Trumbull of George Washington commissioned by Jefferson for Monticello, and a painting of Peter Faneuil by John Smibert, who designed Faneuil Hall. 1154 Boylston St., www.masshist.org

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