The Creation of the Great Seal of the
United States of America
On July 4, 1776, following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, said, "We are now a nation and I am ready to hear you vote on the question: resolved that Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Thomas Jefferson, and Mr. John Adams be a committee to prepare a device for a Seal of the United States of North America."
It was the beginning of a six-year endeavor that required three different committees and a final committee of one - Charles Thomsom - to design this great symbol for the newest and greatest nation on earth - the United States of America. Mr. Thomson had served as Secretary of the Continental Congress and was given the task of creating the final design for the Great Seal of the United States of America.
It is the hope of the Suburban Woman's Club of Lexington, Inc. that the Great Seal Project will recapture and reaffirm the understanding, commitment, and loyalty to the values and dreams expressed in the symbols used in the design of the Great Seal, both obverse and reverse, visible daily to everyone on the dollar bill.
The purpose is to instill in American citizens, particularly our youth, an awareness, understanding, and excitement of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of good citizenship.
It is America's symbolic mission statement - the definitive expression of the American dream - written in the language of dreams.