We know that we have to pay taxes, but do we know the reasoning behind it? Where do our hard-earned dollars go? The National Constitution Center makes sense of Tax Day with a fun schedule of interactive programs on April 15.
The Most Famous Tax Protest in History: The Story of the Boston Tea Party Show
10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Learn about the Boston Tea Party and why the topic of taxation was such a hot topic during the early years of our nation! Explore political cartoons and first-hand accounts—not to mention all the cracks and crevasses of the only tea chest still around.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Main Exhibition, Preamble Wall
Take a guided tour of the Center’s main exhibition highlighting the history of taxes in America. Explore the Stamp Act, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the 16th Amendment with a member of our education staff.
Tax Machine Activity
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Exhibition, Tax Machines
Visitors can see where their tax dollars go at the National Constitution Center’s Tax Machines. Learn about the graduated income tax by comparing how much a professional baseball player pays in taxes in relation to a school teacher; then, see how much of that money goes to defense, education, healthcare, and the environment.
Make and Take Stations
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Design your own dollar bills or piggy banks.
Constitution Hall Pass: “Dollars and Sense: Tax Day” Video
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In this engaging episode of our Constitution Hall Pass webcast, explore what the Constitution says about how the American government manages its money. Learn why it was so important for our young nation to raise cash quickly, and how Alexander Hamilton came up with a plan to create a national bank—despite a debate about whether the Constitution gave the government the power to do so. We’ll pay a visit to the First Bank of the United States to see what its architecture reveals about how the bank was supposed to function. We’ll also find out when, how, and why the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today.
Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, fun, and fascinating webcast and live chat series. Tune in online at constitutioncenter.org/hallpass.