Boalsburg brings Declaration of Independence to life

BOALSBURG – The Boal Museum, located at 163 Boal Estate Drive, Boalsburg, is hosting a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m. July 5.

Christopher Lee, CEO of the Boal Museum, said the museum has done this event for a number of years and he believes honoring the document is important.

“We wanted to bring the Declaration of Independence to life. It is one of the founding documents of our nation and it should be renewed in the hearts and minds of Americans,” he said.

Lee also said Boalsburg has a special connection with the historic document.

“Richard Henry Lee’s family is the Boal family of Boalsburg. He didn’t just sign the Declaration of Independence, he proposed it,” he said.

Lee, a descendant of Richard Henry Lee, will be one of those tasked with reading the document. He will be joined by: Penn State University professors Charles Dumas and Arthur Goldschmidt; State College Borough Council member Thomas Daubert; and Louis de Truchis, whose uncle, Bernard de Montferrand, is the president of the French branch of the Society of the Cincinnati, a group of descendants of French officers who served in the American War of Independence.

After the reading, the Boal Mansion Museum is offering a free tour of the Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum.

For more information, visit, or call (814) 466-9266.

Lee, Dumas, Goldschmidt and Truchis will also be reading the Declaration of Independence at 9 p.m. on July 4, at the 4th Fest in State College at the Center Stage.