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Things are starting to heat up in Salt Lake City – and it’s not just the stifling 100+ degree weather. Yesterday was load in day for the Independence Museum, and more and more items continue to pour in!

“So yesterday Stu was with me in the library. David Barton and I are putting together a library and we’ve put together a museum, and the museum has spiraled out of control just a tad in a good way. I think last week we had $35 million worth of rare collectibles that are just, you just can’t believe that they’re sitting there and you’re looking at them. Some things that we didn’t even know were in existence,” Glenn said.

Yesterday, Stu was with Glenn as he was sorting through what would actually be displayed at the Museum. Not only were incredible things going on display, but amazing artifacts that would be prominently showcased anywhere else were being put away to make room.

“This is how great this exhibit is. We rejected a piece of the original Star‑Spangled Banner,” Glenn said.

But Glenn did end up getting a Pilgrim hat which will be on display, as well as a gun from that same era.

Stu also saw some incredible things, including a newspaper marking the end of the Civil War.

“I spent probably ten or 15 minutes on this one cover of a newspaper that was out there. It was a newspaper marking the end of the Civil War. So think of what a big deal that is. And the newspaper, it’s cut into, like, these little tiny columns. The front page looked like a classified ad,” Stu said.

“Really small columns,” Stu continued. “They didn’t change the format. It was just the end of the Civil War. And so they have ‑‑ first of all, it’s the end of the Civil War, the first three columns are: New books coming out this week. That’s what they led with. And then they have this big centerpiece of where it says, you know, Lee surrenders, peace finally, you know, blah‑blah. And it kind of outlines what happens.”

“At the end ‑‑ I thought this was interesting ‑‑ is they said they released the entire army was free to go, they took the canons and whatever, but they let ‑‑ this is how important the Second Amendment was: They let all the Confederate soldiers keep their sidearms. It says that in the story. I mean, what an amazing thing to think now we’re like you’re not ‑‑ as a citizen, not someone who started a revolution and was fighting actively against the government. We let those guys keep their weapons.”