September 13, 2012
The National Constitution Center To Celebrate Constitution Week, September 16-23, With Hands-On Crafts, An Art Installation, Game Shows And A Day-Long Outdoor Fair
The National Constitution Center, the world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, will be the place to celebrate Constitution Week, September 16-23.
The Center’s weeklong celebration of the U.S. Constitution’s 225th anniversary will include a wide-variety of interactive programs and on-site activities designed to honor this momentous occasion.
Check out a few highlights:
• Constitution Week Kick-Off Family Fair: Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the National Constitution Center for a fun, family-friendly fair to kick off Constitution Week. The day-long fair will include outdoor performances of some of the Center’s hit educational programs, along with music concerts, colonial-era games, historic interpreters and much more.
• Constitution Day Celebration: Monday, September 17, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. September 17 is the official Constitution Day. Festivities begin in the morning with a lawnside reading of the Constitution Preamble and continue indoors with iCivics Demonstrations, round-table discussions, printing and calligraphy demos and more. Visitors can also have their portrait done “Founders-style” with authentic silhouette cuttings and compete in two game shows: The Bill of Rights Show (Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?”) and Separation of Powers Show, which both run hourly from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Live Floral Art: Monday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A huge, unique monument of Live Floral Art will “sprout” on the lawn of the National Constitution Center on Constitution Day. Inspired by the Constitution’s 225th anniversary, this imaginative sculptural design will be created in public for all to watch by Schaffer Designs — three-time winners of Best in Show at the world-renowned Philadelphia International Flower Show. It will only be on view for a day, so don’t miss it.
• Is the World Rejecting American Constitutionalism?: Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m. As the opening event of its 2012-2013 series on “Constitution Making,” the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism presents leading scholars in a timely discussion on the global influence and relevance of the U.S. Constitution. The program is free but advance reservations are required; order online.
• Akhil Amar: America’s Unwritten Constitution: Friday, September, 21, 1 p.m. Join renowned constitutional scholar and Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar to explore the little-understood relationship between the written Constitution and the many traditions, practices, standards and sources that shape our interpretation of it. The program is free but advance reservations are required; order online.
Below, check out a cool infographic about the Constitution produced by the center’s Constitution Daily blog.
National Constitution Center’s Constitution Week
When: September 16-23; fair is September 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 525 Arch Street
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org