Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17, 2014
During Presidents Day weekend, visitors to the Center will learn about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander-in-chief. At craft activity tables, children can create campaign buttons, design their own presidential seals, and more. Guests also are invited to join in a special Presidential Tour of the Center’s main exhibition. During Presidential Trivia, participants will race against the clock to answer questions about presidential elections, inaugurations, and even pets! Re-enactors will join the Center throughout the weekend to mingle with guests, pose for photos, sign autographs, and discuss their lives and presidencies.
The National Constitution Center will have extended hours on Sunday, February 16, 2014. The Center will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. that day.
FREE on Monday, February 17, 2014, courtesy of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, 2014 sponsor of African American History Month at the National Constitution Center.
Presidential Leadership Tours
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Meet at Main Exhibit Preamble Wall
Led by the Center’s education staff, this themed tour of our main exhibition highlights the leadership styles of American presidents including George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.
Growing Up: President Style Show
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
What was it was like for President George Washington to grow up on Virginia’s Pope Creek Estate? What was childhood like for President Abraham Lincoln, who was raised in a log cabin in Kentucky? Dress up as your favorite American president and discover what it was like growing up, president-style!
Hail to the Chief Quiz Game
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 to 2 p.m.
3 to 5 p.m.
Main Exhibit, Domestic Tranquility
Visitors can learn about the role of the president and the history of the executive branch during the Hail to the Chief Quiz Game. Participants will race against the clock to answer questions from a variety of categories, including “Before They Were President,” “Elections and Inaugurations,” and “Presidential Pets.”
Behind Every Great President Show
10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Meet some of the remarkable women who have held the role of First Lady of the United States. Learn how they supported their husbands as hostesses, ambassadors, speechwriters and policy advisers, and how they served the country through charitable works, humanitarian efforts, and as public servants in their own right.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their “Favorite Forgettable President” in a National Constitution Center gumball poll. This is your chance to tell us which lesser-known president you like best!
• Make and take home cool crafts including Washington and Lincoln hats or masks and personalized presidential campaign buttons.
Meet the Presidents Meet and Greet Activity
Monday, February 17
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 to 2 p.m.
Costumed actors will mingle with guests, pose for photo ops, sign autographs, and discuss their lives and presidencies.
Kid’s Town Hall - Meet the Presidents
Monday, February 17 at 12 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium
Join us for a special Kid’s Town Hall with some very famous guests – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. TV personality Chris May, co-anchor of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m., will serve as moderator.
This engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency and features a special introduction by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos—former adviser and communications director for President Bill Clinton. Join constitutional experts and the Center’s education staff to explore why it was important for our young nation to have an executive branch, and why nevertheless some people were worried about giving it too much power. We’ll also take a trip to a very special location in America’s presidential history.
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