Bill of Rights 225

Kansas libraries and museums in 13 communities commemorated the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights with “The Bill of Rights and You,” a special pop-up display from the National Archives.

“The Bill of Rights and You” at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

Over 45,000 Kansans viewed “The Bill of Rights and You,” including participants in public programming opportunities that ranged from writing workshops, presentations on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and KHC Speakers Bureau topics related to free speech. Host organizations have plans to share the display at other locations in their communities and plan to incorporate the pop-up display into Constitution Day and Bill of Rights Day activities in 2017.

“The Bill of Rights and You” sparked conservation and reflection about the Constitution and American democracy among visitors. According to Jacqueline Suptic of the Johnson County Library-Lackman Branch in Lenexa, “the timely arrival of the Bill of Rights display here allowed our patrons to see specifically what those rights are and how they apply to daily life.”

“The Bill of Rights and You” is part of Amending America, a National Archives initiative to explore the importance of the Bill of Rights, its history and implementation, and its impact today. The Kansas Humanities Council presented “The Bill of Rights and You” through a partnership with the National Archives and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.