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 19, 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.

The Flag: A History

July 30, 2014 - August 3, 2014

In partnership with the Philadelphia Flag Day Association, the National Constitution Center will display seven historic American flags, dating from the 1860s to the 1940s.

Educator 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.

Labor Day Weekend Programming

August 30, 2014 - September 1, 2014

Museum visitors can step back in time this Labor Day weekend and explore some of the Revolutionary era’s most popular trades, including printing and candle making.

The Classical Liberal Constitution

September 9, 2014

Richard A. Epstein offers his distinctive interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

Web Program: Constitution Hall Pass: “Constitution Day 2014: The Bill of Rights”

September 10, 2014 - September 22, 2014

Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! The two-time Telly Award-winning Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a hit with millions of students and teachers nationwide.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014

The National Constitution Center honors the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

September 22, 2014

A special talk with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and more.

The Federalist Papers

September 24, 2014

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

Geoffrey C. Ward: Revisiting the Roosevelts

October 1, 2014

Screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward paints an extraordinarily vivid and portrait of one of America’s greatest political dynasties.

The Forgotten Presidents

October 6, 2014

Join legal expert Michael J. Gerhardt for a myth-shattering discussion surveying the 13 presidents he deems the "most forgotten."

Living News 2014

October 6, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Today’s headlines are brought to life in this dynamic, 25-minute performance incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts in Living News.

IQ2US Debate

October 7, 2014

The award-winning NPR show Intelligence Squared U.S. returns to the Constitution Center.

Edward Larson: The Return of Washington

October 13, 2014

Historian Edward Larson highlights a crucially important, yet often overlooked chapter of George Washington’s illustrious career.

Richard Brookhiser: Abraham Lincoln, Founders’ Son

October 15, 2014

Biographer Richard Brookhiser has turned his eye to perhaps the Founding Fathers' greatest pupil—Abraham Lincoln.

2014 Liberty Medal Ceremony

October 21, 2014

Malala Yousafzai will receive the 2014 Liberty Medal for her continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties.

Red, White, and Blue: America’s Influence on the Norwegian Constitution

October 22, 2014

A conversation on the influence of the Founding Fathers on the Norwegian Constitution in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution.

The Constitutional Legacy of James Madison

October 30, 2014

Two conversations on Madison’s historical and contemporary legacy featuring leading scholars Steven Calabresi and Burt Neuborne.

Richard Norton Smith: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller

November 3, 2014

Premier historian Richard Norton Smith unveils his long-anticipated biography on American icon Nelson Rockefeller.

Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide (In an Era of Discontent)

November 12, 2014

A distinguished panel of former and current judges discuss judicial independence.

Is the Supreme Court Objective? Cases For and Against

November 18, 2014

Most Americans share the perception that the Supreme Court is objective, but is it? Preeminent constitutional scholars Erwin Chemerinksy and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz discuss.

Reagan at Reykjavik

December 9, 2014

Ken Adelman shares his riveting firsthand account of the unexpectedly historic summit in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986 with Reagan and Gorbachev.

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

December 15, 2014

Join the Constitution Center on Bill of Rights Day for the museum's first ever book festival.

Living News 2015

March 9, 2015 - June 12, 2015

Today’s headlines are brought to life in this dynamic, 25-minute performance incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts in Living News.