Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9 – October 19, 2014

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9, 2014 - October 14, 2014

Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States and illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people.

An All-American Celebration on Independence Mall

July 2, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day, including the interactive Independence Day show, exploring the history of the Declaration of Independence and how the definition of “We the People” has expanded since Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words “…all men are created equal…” in 1776. Programs will include special scholarly talks on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—a pivotal moment in expanding those rights mentioned in Jefferson’s Declaration. Visitors also can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s front lawn.

Wawa Hoagie Day

July 2, 2014

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness. 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police. The National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all visitors on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as well as special programs, live musical performances, and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie.

Supreme Court Review 2014

July 8, 2014

The National Constitution Center partners with the Anti-Defamation League to explore the Supreme Court’s landmark 2013 – 2014 session and the legacy of Brown vs. Board 60 years later.

Freedom of Speech The Changing Landscape in Schools Teacher Workshop

July 10, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop on freedom of speech and First Amendment issues.

One Day University in New York City on The Supreme Court: An Inside View

July 15, 2014

This special One Day University on the Supreme Court will be held at the New York Hilton. The class will be taught by George Washington University Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen is also the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

Workshop: Freedom of Speech: The Changing Landscape in Schools Teacher Workshop

August 7, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop on freedom of speech and First Amendment issues.

The Original vs Modern Constitution

September 9, 2014

Should the Constitution be treated as an evolving document? Scholars including law professor Richard Epstein will provide the pros and cons.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Raise Your Voice, Change the World

September 16, 2014

Join Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for an insider’s view on D.C. politics.

Constitution Day Celebration 2014

September 17, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center as it honors the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The celebration features a wide range of FREE educational festivities and timely constitutional conversations with leading scholars and experts.

The Federalist Papers

September 24, 2014

Justice Thomas Saylor offers a primer on the famous articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

Annette Gordon-Reed: The Contradictions of Jefferson

September 29, 2014

Historian Annette Gordon-Reed explores the contradictions in words and actions of the famous Founding Father Thomas Jefferson.