Members’ Corner

As a valued  Member of the National Constitution Center, you enjoy exclusive benefits while directly supporting the Constitution Center’s exhibits and programs. 

Join by phone at 215-409-6767

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Members receive free and discounted admission to Town Hall programs.

Click here to join or renew your membership.

Questions? Contact Membership Coordinator, Emily Polhamus at [email protected] or 215-409-6785.

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Member Events and Town Hall Programs

Please note:

All Town Hall programs are free for members of the 1787 Society.

Members receive complimentary tickets for daytime Town Hall programs and significant savings on evening programs. 

To register for Members Only events, you will need to create a username and password for our website. If you have not done this yet, select "Click here to register." when prompted to sign-in, to set up your account. If you need assistance, please contact us at [email protected] or 215-409-6767.


Members Events and Programs

Dissent: The History of an American Idea
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
$30 for Members

Don’t miss a special Members-only program with Ralph Young, Temple University history professor, exploring the key role dissent has played in shaping the U.S. — from colonial days to the present. Admission includes one drink ticket, light fare, a copy of Young’s book Dissent: The History of an American Idea, and a book signing

Register online or call 215-409-6785.

Guided Tours: Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation
Thursday, March 22, Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Free for members, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. 

Get a sneak peek of our newest exhibit before it opens to the public with a private tour! Discover the constitutional arguments that shaped our nation - as told through the countless clashes between the unforgettable Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and his rivals.

Click here to register for the 1:00 p.m. Tour.

Click here to register for the 3:00 p.m. Tour.

Questions about these member events? Contact Membership Coordinator, Emily Polhamus at 215-409-6785.


America's Town Hall Programs

Revisiting the Founding Era

Wednesday, January 10, 6:00 p.m. 
Free admission, please register in advance.

Join historians Carol Berkin and Denver Brunsman, community leader Farah Jimenez, and others as they discuss priceless documents from the Founding era, highlight the enduring importance of America’s Founding, and discuss how the Founding era documents and debates can help guide conversations that resonate today within communities often left out of the Founding narrative, including minorities, women, and others.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

For Debate: Can a Baker Refuse to Create a Cake for a Same-Sex Wedding?

Thursday, January 25, 6:30 p.m.
$10 Members • Free for 1787 Society Members
Advanced registration is required.

Join experts for a debate on one of the most-watched Supreme Court cases this term – Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – involving free speech, religious liberty, and equal rights. Experts include, Stephanie Barclay of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Paula Greisen, one of the attorneys representing the same-sex couple at center of the case, and Brendan O'Niell, editor of Spiked Online.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

Mayor Michael Nutter: My Life in Public Service

Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 p.m.
Member price: $10, Free for 1787 Society Members

Hear from two-term Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, author of Mayor: The Best Job in Politics, as he shares anecdotes and insights from his time in office about the challenges and rewards of a life in public service.

NEW! Program attendees can now pre-order books by featured Town Hall speakers with a 25% discount when registering. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at registration upon arrival. Additional copies of Mayor: The Best Job in Politics will be available for sale at the museum before and after the program.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry

Monday, February 5, 12:00 p.m.
Free for members, please register in advance.

Patrick Charles, historian and author of Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry, joins legal scholar Brannon Denning for a sweeping historical discussion and debate about how the right to bear arms has been interpreted from America’s Founding to today. 

NEW! Program attendees can now pre-order books by featured Town Hall speakers with a 25% discount when registering. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at registration upon arrival. Additional copies of Armed in America will be available for sale at the museum before and after the program.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

Justice Antonin Scalia, Life and Legacy

Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Member price: $10, Free for 1787 Society Members

The National Constitution Center commemorates the constitutional legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia two years after his death. Edward Whelan, leading Supreme Court commentator and editor of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived (featuring a foward by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg), will present Justice Scalia’s opinions in his own words. A conversation with Richard Hasen, author of The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, and Kannon Shanmugam, leading Supreme Court advocate and former Scalia law clerk, and others follows. A brief ten minute break will take place between panels.

NEW! Program attendees can now pre-order books by featured Town Hall speakers with a 25% discount when registering. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at registration upon arrival. Additional copies of Scalia Speaks and The Justice of Contridictions will be available for sale at the museum before and after the program.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

How the Right and Left Can Unite Around Federalism

Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Member price: $10, Free for 1787 Society Members

Yale Law School dean and constitutional law scholar Heather Gerken explores how federalism can become an extraordinarily powerful bi-partisan tool and a source for compromise when searching for a workable approach to some of today’s most contentious policy issues, including policing, health care, and immigration, among others.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

Renewing the Founders' Promise

Thursday, March 15, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Free admission, please register in advance.

America’s leading historians, including Joseph Ellis and Jon Meacham, will join Issue One co-founder and CEO Nick Penniman, for an important discussion about the Founders’ vision for American democracy, our shared national values, and how to restore the Founders’ vision in our own time.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.
 

William Howard Taft and the Constitution

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.
Member price: $10, Free for 1787 Society Members

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffey Rosen unveils his newest book on the only man to serve as president and chief justice – William Howard Taft. Rosen argues that Taft was our most judicial president and presidential chief justice and explores Taft’s crucial role in shaping how America balances populism with the rule of law. The discusion will be moderated by Judge Douglas Ginsburg, who calls Taft “the most under-appreciated constitutional gure since George Mason.” 

NEW! Program attendees can now pre-order books by featured Town Hall speakers with a 25% discount when registering. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at registration upon arrival. Copies of William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913 will be available for sale at the museum before and after the program.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.


The Case for Big Government

Wednesday, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Free for members, please register in advance.

Jon Michaels, law professor and author of Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic, presents a case for the federal administrative state that will engage its defenders and critics alike. 

NEW! Program attendees can now pre-order books by featured Town Hall speakers with a 25% discount when registering. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at registration upon arrival. Copies of Constitutional Coup will be available for sale at the museum before and after the program.

Register online or call 215-409-6785.

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