SPOTLIGHT: The Bill of Rights and You

Current Initiative: 225th Bill of Rights Anniversary National Partner: National Archives Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Libraries, Museums, Nonprofits, Other Subject: History, Other Audience: All, Children and Families, Educators, K-12, Rural Communities, Youth/Teen

In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives and the Federation partnered to present The Bill of Rights and You, a pop-up exhibit on the creation of the first ten amendments and their continuing impact today. Thirty-five state humanities councils distributed the pop-up exhibits to different venues around their respective states.  Throughout the fall and winter of 2016 and into early 2017, more than 1,300 displays were set up in schools, libraries, local museums, non-profit organizations, and state congressional offices.

BORCouncils encouraged venues to host events and to create programs centered on the exhibits, which resulted in educational programs and presentations on the history of the constitution. To help create programs and supplement the exhibits, the National Archives provided facsimile copies of the Bill of Rights and the 14th amendment, a video discussing the process of amending the constitution, and other online records showcasing how the first ten amendments affect Americans.

To view individual council’s Bill of Rights programs, please click on the relevant state abbreviation.

AK, AL, AR, AZ,  DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY

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