Tuesday, September 9, 2008

UPDATED : Constitution Day Activities

UPDATED: Over 200 students came by the Walker Library on Wednesday, September 17th to "pull the bar" and print copies of The Preamble to the Constitution (you know... We the People...). The Preamble was printed on the replica 18th century printing press in recognition of Constitution Day. The event was co-sponsored by the American Democracy project.

Students will be able to print their own copies of the Preamble to the United States Constitution from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, right outside of the Library in celebration of Constitution Day.

The James E. Walker Library will transport their handcrafted replica of Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing press from its home on the fourth floor down to the library portico. Passersby may manipulate the device themselves or allow library personnel to help them.
Constitution Day 2008 will mark the 221st anniversary of the signing of the nation’s founding document. A law passed by Congress in 2004 requires all federally funded educational institutions to distribute information about the Constitution each Sept. 17.

The Preamble reads,
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Constitution Day distribution of free copies of the Preamble is co-sponsored by the library and the American Democracy Project.
Other activities on campus surrounding Constitution Day:
Tuesday, September 16:
· Sign the Constitution! Near the KUC Knoll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Voter registration also available.
· Foldout Constitutions distributed.

Wednesday, September 17—CONSTITUTION DAY:
Sign the Constitution! Near the James Buchanan marker on the west side of the Library/Business/Mass Comm quadrangle. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Voter registration also available.
READ THE CONSTITUTION! Join 100 members of the MTSU community as we read aloud the U.S. Constitution from start to finish. Reading begins at 12:30 p.m. on the west side of the quadrangle. Honors College bells will toll at the conclusion of the reading.
Meet James Madison! Keep your eyes open for a visit from our very own James (“Dean Vile”) Madison.

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