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  Archived Posts From: 2009


Constitution Day

Written on: September 17th, 2009 in News

Battell's-Tavern_webSeptember 17th marks the day on which 39 men signed a document that changed the course of history.
The National Constitution Center has created a full day of activities and observances to encourage everyone to consider the significance and impact of that act. You can see their program at this link. The Library of Congress has an ongoing exhibit, Creating the United States, with a website that features Constitution-related resources and interactives.

And of course, Delaware has a unique historical significance when it comes to the Constitution. Delaware’s Ratification Convention met in late November 1787, and their speedy approval of the document is what makes Delaware the First State. The Delaware Public Archives is the repository for many of the letters and agreements that document these events- including the image seen here, an imagining of the scene at Battell’s Tavern on the Green in Dover during the ratification convention- and they are available to Delawareans online, or at the Archives building in Dover.

UPDATE: The University of Delaware Library has also produced a resource guide for educators to support classroom observance and study of Constitution Day