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.

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

Influential legal thinker Richard A. Epstein offers his distinctive interpretation of the U.S. Constitution– the classical liberal theory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.