Wednesday, May 22, 2013

National Constitution Center Event

Two interesting events coming up at the National Constitution Center:

There is a party in honor of the new 1968 exhibit -- no word on whether or not Austin Powers will make an appearance:

Dig deep into the closet for those bell bottom jeans, suede vests, and psychedelic tie-dye t-shirts as the National Constitution Center kicks off its summer feature exhibition The 1968 Exhibit, with a groovy, ’60s-inspired shindig celebrating all things peace, love, and freedom.  Aptly dubbed Retro-Rama, the party will take place in the Center’s Grand Hall Lobby on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Center will also be displaying an original copy of the Bill of Rights:

As part of a landmark, 100-year agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The New York Public Library, the National Constitution Center will display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights starting in fall of 2014. The museum of “We the People” will be the first institution in the Pennsylvania to exhibit this historic document to the general public.
After being approved by Congress, this rare original copy of the Bill of Rights was signed by Vice President John Adams (president of the Senate) and dispatched by President George Washington to consider for ratification in 1789. The New York Public Library acquired the document in 1896, when John S. Kennedy – a trustee of The New York Public Library – donated it along with other items he purchased from Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet, a noted surgeon and collector of Americana. The Emmet Collection has been accessible to researchers ever since, currently in the Manuscripts and Archives Division. The Library last displayed the document several decades ago, and has never displayed it for an extended period of time for preservation reasons. As part of the historic agreement, the Center announced today it will display the document to the general public for three years starting in the fall of 2014.

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