Celebrate America at the Newseum on Constitution Day

United States Constitution

United States Constitution

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Join us at the Newseum on September 17, 2014, as we commemorate this historic occasion and celebrate the birthday of the United States of America’s governing document. Our Constitution Day celebration includes the following:

  • Visiting students will participate on our behalf at the Newseum in the Preamble Challenge, joining hundreds of schools around the country in a reading of the preamble to the Constitution.
  • Nearly 50 students selected from across the nation by the Civics Renewal Network who are engaged in civics projects that have benefited their communities will be accompanied by their teachers to Washington, D.C. where their itinerary will include a Constitution Day tour of the Newseum.
  • Throughout the day, Newseum staff will hand out American flags to visitors and pedestrians on historic Pennsylvania Avenue.

The following events from the Newseum will be live streamed at www.amacad.org/constitutionday:

  • 10:30 a.m. – News conference announcing the Civics Renewal Network, a partnership of 26 nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to raising awareness of civics education and providing free, high-quality classroom materials through civicsrenewalnetwork.org.
  • 11 a.m. – American Academy of Arts & Sciences panel on “Stewarding America: Institutions and Civic Life,” with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Stephen Heintz, president, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Patricia Wald, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, of News Corp.; and former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK), of the Aspen Institute.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Keynote address by William “Bro” Adams, who was confirmed in July as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To make planning your visit to the Newseum to celebrate Constitution Day quick and easy, check out our Plan Your Visit page.

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