The Bill of Rights and You

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CHESTER & ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – A new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document is available for viewing in two locations.

ROCKINGHAM – Currently running at the Rockingham Free Public Library is the new pop-up exhibit; it runs through February 28, 2017.

CHESTER – Beginning on December 30, Whiting Library, on Main Street in Chester will host this exhibit; it runs through March 2017. Please call the Library for more information at 802-875-2277, whitinglibrary@yahoo and visit us Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  They are also distributing pocket copies of The Constitution.

The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.

The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states, “The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”

Trivia challenge:  How many amendments were there when The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791? Who was the primary author of The Bill of Rights? Which basic rights are guaranteed in the first amendment? The original second amendment was not passed in 1791- it became the 27th amendment how many years later? What state’s ratification made The Bill of Rights official? Where is the original Bill of Rights copy today?

Details about these historic documents may be found at archives.gov/amending-america. There you explore history, take part in the national discussion and download free ebooks about the creation and amending of The Bill of Rights.

  The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of The Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

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