This online experience is presented by the National Archives Foundation
This summer, take a Virtual Journey with the National Archives to find out how the Declaration of Independence came to be. Each of the following can be viewed on the @USNationalArchives Facebook page. Save the dates and learn about the journey of one of the nation's most important documents!

June 7 @ 1 p.m. ET
The first step of the Virtual Journey of the Declaration of Independence with our nation's initial move toward independence. Learn how Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense influenced the second Continental Congress and prompted Richard Henry Lee’s writing of the Lee Resolution. Watch the first stop on the journey below!

June 11 @ 1 p.m.
The second step of our Virtual Journey of the Declaration of Independence, when we learn from Thomas Jefferson about the Committee of Five, who they were, and how they decided that the “expression of the American Mind” required a new document. Check out the next part of the journey below!

July 2 @ 1 p.m. ET
Find out what happened on July 2, our third step of the Virtual Journey of the Declaration of Independence, when John Adams shares his thoughts on government on the date when Congress reconvened and prepared to officially adopt the Declaration.

July 4 @ 1 p.m. ET
Learn how John Dunlap printed his famous copies of the declaration—now known as the Dunlap broadside.

July 9 @ 1 p.m. ET
Trace the path of the Declaration as copies were sent across the colonies to be read in public places, and find out Abigail Adams's response to hearing it read in Boston.

July 19 @ 1 p.m. ET
Learn from Timothy Matlack about the parchment and ink he used for the final version.

August 2 @ 1 p.m. ET
The final step of the Virtual Journey of the Declaration of Independence. On this day when the document was officially signed, listen to Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Oney Judge (formerly enslaved by George Washington), Abigail Adams, and Ned Hector (a soldier from the Battle of Brandywine) discuss the Declaration as a building block for the new United States and describe its permanent home in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, DC.