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.

 

 

 

Apply to Host the Bill of Rights Display

 

Bill of RightsClick here for the application (pdf)
Click here for display requirements (pdf)

December 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights and the Kansas Humanities Council invites museums, libraries, community centers, and other Kansas nonprofit venues to apply to host a special pop-up display from the National Archives.

Interested? Here are the details:

Submit an application to KHC by October 7, 2016.

Provide the following information:

  • Applicant/Organization Name:
  • Address:
  • Contact Person:
  • Contact Person email:
  • Contact Person phone number:
  • Venue:
  • Venue shipping address:
  • Why does your organization or community want to host the Bill of Rights pop-up display? (limit to 250 words)
  • Do you plan to sponsor any public programs associated with the display? Describe briefly. (limit 250 words)

Submit application materials to:
Valerie Mendoza, Grants Coordinator
Kansas Humanities Council
email: grants(at)kansashumanities.org

Bill of Rights Display Details

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Bill of Rights exhibit

  • The display will be sent directly to you from the National Archives at the end of November.
  • There is no cost to you to host the display.
  • Display size is 66 1/2 inches high, 32 inches wide, and has a footboard of 45 inches square (see photo).
  • Display comes in two pieces to be assembled by you.
  • The display must on exhibit by December 15, 2016.
  • The display  may be exhibited as long as you like, but minimally through December 31, 2016.
  • The display is yours to keep.
  • Educational materials on the Bill of Rights are available through the National Archives website including links to documents, lesson plans, and a 3 minute video.
  • Public programs related to the display are optional but encouraged.
  • Opportunities for public programs related to the display provided by the Kansas Humanities Council include hosting a Pulitzer Project speaker or community writing workshop on the First Amendment rights to free speech and a free press. Click here for more details.
  • A final report must be submitted to the Kansas Humanities Council by February 28, 2017.