What's So Great About the Great Seal?
A cornerstone in the foundation of the United States, our Great Seal is a national treasure in the same league with our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
Designed by some of America's most visionary Founders during the revolutionary birth of our nation, the Great Seal is the carefully crafted message they created to convey their vision to the world, and to the future.
As our nation's vision statement, its two sides embody the essential guiding principles these farsighted patriots knew the United States must always follow.
So important was the Great Seal that on Day One July 4, 1776 Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson to begin the design process that would later involve two other committees.
Considerable attention went into creating the Great Seal. Unfortunately, most historians and educators have overlooked this extraordinary symbol. Consequently, myth and misinformation are commonplace, and the eloquent symbolism of the Great Seal is not fully appreciated.
It is time to rediscover our nation's forgotten treasure, the Great Seal of the United States, by telling Americans the fascinating story of this emblem that represents them.
As a graphic link to the vision of our nation's Founders, the Great Seal reconnects us with the revolutionary spirit of the people who gave us our freedom. Their struggle for independence is reflected in the Seal's preliminary designs that evolved into the two-sided symbol approved by Congress on June 20, 1782.
This is not just about the past, however. By knowing what the Great Seal's symbols and mottoes meant to the Founders, students will be able to decipher this remarkable message from their ancestors and discover its relevance today.
When the full story of the Great Seal is known, it becomes a compelling incentive to participate in America's future.