American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding

May 4, 2017 - December 31, 2019

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2014 - December 31, 2019
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Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2014 - December 31, 2019

View America’s founding documents up close. The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and a reproduction of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights in the George H.W. Bush Gallery.

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding

May 4, 2017 - December 31, 2019

The National Constitution Center presents American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding, illuminating the founding era through priceless drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Open Now.

Women's History Month

March 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Throughout March, visitors to the Center can enjoy a variety of events in honor of Women’s History Month.

Living News Spring 2018

April 9, 2018 - June 15, 2018

Returning this spring for a limited engagement! Featuring three engaging actors who play multiple roles, Living News introduces controversial constitutional issues and encourages the students to explore their own points of view.

Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation

April 16, 2018 -

Join us for a discussion with historians, including Carol Berkin, as well as Hamilton biographers Jay Cost and Tony Williams, as we unveil our new Hamilton exhibit.

Tax Day

April 17, 2018

Visitors to the National Constitution Center on Tax Day can learn about the history and significance of taxation, and the role that Alexander Hamilton played in creation of the American financial system. They will also be able to learn more about our “Ten Dollar Founding Father” at interactive shows, and make piggy banks and other handy crafts.

Earth Day

April 22, 2018 -

As part of the Center’s Earth Day celebration, visitors can learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: The 14th Amendment at 150 – A Conversation with Eric H. Holder, Jr.

April 23, 2018 -

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment’s ratification with a keynote conversation.

PUBLIC PANELS: Equal Protection for All: The 14th Amendment at 150

April 23, 2018 -

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment’s ratification with three daytime panels.

We the Corporations: The Constitutional Rights of Businesses

April 30, 2018 -

Adam Winkler, author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, and Kent Greenfield, author of Corporations Are People Too, discuss the Citizens United ruling.

Law Day

May 1, 2018 -

This Law Day the Center celebrates the Separation of Powers within our Constitution.

Dream Flag Festival

May 5, 2018 -

The Center is pleased to host the annual festival for the The Dream Flag Project®. Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Nepalese Buddhist prayer flags, Dream Flags an annual poetry, art, and community-connection project for students in kindergarten to twelfth grade. For more information please email [email protected]

Members Only Hamilton Experience Guided Tour and Trivia

May 6, 2018 - May 6, 2018

An exclusive members tour of all things Hamilton at the National Constitution Center, including Hamilton trivia!

A Survey of Constitutional Debates in the Trump Era

May 7, 2018 -

The Trump Presidency has spurred a range of constitutional debates, from the limits of presidential pardon powers to presidential discretion on immigration and trade policy.

Members Only After Hours Guided Tour

May 7, 2018 - May 7, 2018

An exclusive Members-Only Guided Tour through our signature exhibits- The Story of We the People and Signers' Hall.

Is Democracy in Crisis?

May 11, 2018 -

Economist and author Dambisa Mayo is joined by experts from the left and right to debate the future of democracy in the U.S. and abroad.

Members Open House

May 12, 2018 - May 12, 2018

An exciting day of programming exclusively for National Constitution Members and their guests.

Members Only Hamilton Experience Guided Tour and Trivia May 22

May 22, 2018 - May 22, 2018

An exclusive members tour of all things Hamilton at the National Constitution Center, including Hamilton trivia!

A Look Back At the Obama Years

May 22, 2018 -

Julian Zelizer and other leading political historians join reporter Jonathan Alter for an original assessment of the big issues that shaped the Obama presidency.

Divided Power: The Re-Emergence of Federalism and the 17th Amendment

May 23, 2018 -

Join us for a blockbuster evening exploring the Founders’ vision for the Senate, the story of the 17th Amendment, the debate over whether the Amendment represents the death of federalism, and the debate over whether we should repeal the 17th Amendment today.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018

The National Constitution Center will honor America’s fallen military heroes over Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28.

Habeas Corpus: From 17th Century England to Today

June 4, 2018 -

Amanda Tyler of Berkley Law unveils her latest book, Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay.

A Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson

June 7, 2018 -

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, historian and vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, explores Thomas Jefferson and education in a wide-ranging discussion. 

Civil Rights Across the Centuries

June 11, 2018 -

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, former fellows discuss the battle over race and equality across American history, from the Founding to Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Revolution.

2018 Stripes and Stars Festival (Flag Day)

June 14, 2018 -

From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions — the American flag and the U.S. Army.

2018 Disability Pride Celebration

June 16, 2018

On Saturday, June 16, the National Constitution Center will participate in Philadelphia’s city-wide Disability Pride Celebration. 

The Power of Impeachment: Its History and Future

June 19, 2018 -

Leading constitutional scholar and author Laurence Tribe joins co-author Joshua Matz for a deep dive into the history and future of presidential impeachment.

Wawa Hoagie Day

June 28, 2018 -

Celebrate the 26th annual Wawa Hoagie Day with free Wawa hoagies, free admission to the National Constitution Center, plus lots of great programs and activities.

2018 All American Celebration

July 1, 2018 - July 4, 2018

There’s no better place to celebrate freedom than Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of America’s democracy. Visit the Center on Independence Day for a re-created Revolutionary War encampment, crafts, and patriotic festivities, and explore our online educational resources for all ages.

2018 Annual Supreme Court Review

July 10, 2018 -

Erwin Chemerinsky, Frederick Lawrence, and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick examine the Supreme Court’s 2017-18 term.

Constitution Day

September 17, 2018

In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center commemorates that historic day by hosting the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country!

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