Heralding the start of celebrations of the United States' 200 years of independence, a grand exhibition opens in the French capital, Paris this weekend.
LV PAN AROUND INT Part of show
SV PAN DOWN colonial American entrance with show director John L. Brown (centre) talking with guests
CU Display of early American flags, weapons of drum
CU PAN Early American agricultural implements
CU & SV Animal hides with Indian designs (3 shots)
CU Buffalo head
SV PAN AROUND Exhibition
CU Model ship
CU Pictures of Washington, John Adams, James Monroe and Paul Reverse (4 shots)
CU Bust of Lafayette
SV PAN Exhibition stands
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Background: Heralding the start of celebrations of the United States' 200 years of independence, a grand exhibition opens in the French capital, Paris this weekend. Titled "The World of Franklin and Jefferson", the exhibition covers one hundred and twenty years of early American life from European attempts at colonisation to the westward expansionism which marked the young Republic's infancy.
The Grand Palais--Paris's setting for the exhibition which will travel the world during 1975--now houses exhibits of all kinds from colonial and post-colonial American life, including agricultural implements and animal hides, Red Indian decoration and early designs for the independent country's new flag.
The exhibition has been organised by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, in conjunction with the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Directly in charge of the exhibits and staging is Washington Catholic University Professor John L. Brown. The display will remain in Paris until March, when it will visit Poland and great Britain for several months. In 1976 it will tour a number of major cities in the United States as part of the country's bicentennial celebrations.