Category Archives: Pennsylvania

United We Stand

Hello DSDI Members. We are celebrating after a very short but productive trip to Philadelphia ringing our Liberty Bell for the 244th celebration. As you know, DSDI’s decision was difficult this Spring as we realized we could not allow our … Continue reading

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About the Declaration: an evolution in printed copies

The Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress on July 4, 1776.  The approved wording was then turned over to the printer John Dunlap to compose and print copies.  On July 5, about 200 copies of the first printing of … Continue reading

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History is celebrated and made with “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony

Independence National Historical Park will host the annual symbolic ringing of the Liberty Bell this July 4th with the tapping of the famed Liberty Bell 13 times at precisely 2 p.m. EDT, the time designated by the 1963 Joint Resolution … Continue reading

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DSDI July meeting will be virtual gathering because of COVID-19

As we protect ourselves and others, DSDI has decided to cancel this year’s Annual Congress in Philadelphia. Although we were scheduled to convene July 3-4, as we do every year, the City of Philadelphia has declared that all July 4celebrations … Continue reading

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DSDI members ‘tap’ Liberty Bell at Annual Congress

The 112thAnnual Congress of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence took place in Philadelphia July 3-4, 2019. Ten descendants and two new U.S. citizens participated in a ceremonial tapping of the Liberty Bell: Dallas Adams, David … Continue reading

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DSDI convenes in Philadelphia

The DSDI Board of Governors met in the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia on July 3. Twelve members were in attendance.  The meeting was led by the DSDI President-General Hope Middleton Wood. The board discussed various topics concerning the running of … Continue reading

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109th Annual Congress, Philadelphia, PA  2016

The DSDI Board of Governors met on  Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Franklin Hotel at Independence Park in Philadelphia  with 16 in attendance. The meeting was led by DSDI President-General Hope Middleton Wood. As has become tradition, members and … Continue reading

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DSDI dedicates bench honoring seven Signers in Philadelphia

On Thursday July 3, 2014 at our 107th Annual Congress we dedicated a beautiful granite bench in the historic Christ Church burial ground, where seven Signers are buried. The bench has our DSDI bronze plaque In the middle of the … Continue reading

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James Wilson

James Wilson was born on September 14, 1742 at Carskerdo, near St. Andrews in Scotland, the son of William Wilson and Aleson Lansdale. His father was a respectable farmer, living a healthy life but a hard one. Methods of husbandry … Continue reading

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George Taylor

George Taylor’s birth date is uncertain, but most writers believe that he was born in 1716 in northern Ireland, the son of a Reverend Taylor. Little is known of George’s growing up years, but based on the reading and writing … Continue reading

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