'We the People' is a mosaic created by Philadelphia artist Jonathan Mandell. The 10 ft. by 6 ft. mosaic features a constitutional theme and was made using various semiprecious stones and minerals. The imagery of the mosaic features the Preamble of the Constitution; the three branches of government, which are set behind mirror so that onlookers can see themselves reflected in government; and a montage of images highlighting the rites of democracy, as well as individuals who advanced the cause of constitutional rights.
Visitors will be able to experience the Center as never before with dynamic, interactive tours featuring iPods that personalize the stories told in both the permanent and traveling exhibits. This tour introduces visitors to the men portrayed in 42 life-sized, bronze statues in the most popular room at the museum, Signers' Hall. Guests will hear the delegates speak as they explore the room and learn what they were thinking after four months of working to create this world-changing document.
Freedom Rising is a 360-degree theatrical production that explains the story of the U.S. Constitution, all narrated by a live actor. Audience members are transported through more than 200 years of constitutional history--from the American Revolution to the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement and other key historic events.
The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. The Museum of We the People is the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this historic document to the general public. It has been preserved as part of The New York Public Library's renowned research collection for over 100 years. The Bill of Rights is displayed alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in the brand new George H.W. Bush Gallery.
Developed by Washington, D.C.'s Newseum, this exhibit features intimate, behind-the-scenes images of John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John. Lowe's photos span from Kennedy's 1958 U.S. Senate re-election campaign through his early years in the White House. The iconic images helped create the mythology about the Kennedy years that later became known as Camelot.
Senator Mike Lee will share some of the interesting stories behind key Constitutional provisions and make a case for returning to an earlier version of the document. A book sale and signing will follow his presentation.
NCC hosts a day-long symposium featuring a series of discussions themed around the Declaration. Participants will include leading constitutional scholar Frank Michelman and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Rakove.
University of Colorado Law School Professor Harold H. Bruff discusses the evolution of the preisdet's formal power and how U.S. law has been shaped by the way past leaders have responded to important issues. A book sale and signing for his book, "Untrodden Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution," will follow the presentation.
Historian and former "Frontline" journalist Richard Reeves discusses the Japanese-American internment camps that were put into practice after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the many Americans who stood up for the rights of the detainees. A book sale and signing of "Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment" will follow his talk.
NCC will be hosting the Philadelphia premiere of this new documentary, which explores the question: Who has the right to be an American citizen? A discussion with Supreme Court litigator Elizabeth Wydra and the families featured in the film, including a descendant of Dred Scott, will follow the screening.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis discusses how the actions of four key Founding Fathers would serve to bring the 13 newly-independent colonies together, rather than each staying separate as was originally planned. A sale and signing of his book, "The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution," will follow the presentation.
Featured speaker Caroline Fredrickson is the president American Constitution Society and a D.C. insider. A book sale and signing for "Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over" will follow her presentation.
Privacy experts Danielle Keats Citron and Marc Rosenberg share their insights on today's mot important privacy, data protection and surveillance questions. A book sale and signing will follow their presentation.