Citizenship and Ceremony Take Center Stage for Constitution Day

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum invites you to join us as we celebrate U.S. Constitution Day 2012, the 225th anniversary of our nation

** FILE ** President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican, in this Dec. 6, 1959, file photo. The leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics has been to the White House only once in history. That changes this week, and President Bush is pulling out all the stops: driving out to a suburban military base to meet Pope Benedict XVI's plane, bringing a giant audience to the South Lawn and hosting a fancy East Room dinner. (AP Photo/Paul Schutzer, File)

ABILENE -- The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum invites you to join us as we celebrate U.S. Constitution Day 2012, the 225th anniversary of our nation's founding document. All activities are free and open to the public. The activities include a program for school children and an exhibit on immigration and citizenship.

On Sept. 14 school children from St. Andrew's, Garfield Upper Elementary, and Concordia Elementary will celebrate Constitution Day in a program beginning at 9:30 a.m. The students begin with a patriotic procession from the Museum across the campus to the Library building, led by the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard and "John Adams." The program takes place in the Courtyard of the Library building where students sign a facsimile of the Constitution with plumed pens and receive a pocket Constitution and American flag. Students contribute to the program each year with an inspiring performance of the song, "We the People" in the Library lobby around 10:15 a.m.

The "Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration & Citizenship in Kansas" exhibit will be on display in the Visitors Center Auditorium through October 21. The exhibit illustrates the paths to citizenship taken by Kansas settlers from around the world over the past 150 years and personalizes the story of immigration and citizenship.The exhibit was commissioned by the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas to highlight the Court's role in the naturalization process. A permanent exhibit of the same title is installed at the Robert J. Dole courthouse in Kansas City, Kan.

"We are delighted that area elementary students will join us in our annual celebration of Constitution Day. This is a great opportunity for community members of all ages to join us for a morning of learning, fun, and inspiration," states Kim Barbieri, education specialist at the Library and Museum. "We are especially pleased to have the traveling exhibit Americans by Choice displayed during the Constitution Day activities this year," added Barbieri.

Thank you to the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation for providing transportation funding assistance allowing the Concordia Elementary students to participate in this year's event.

President Eisenhower signed an Oct. 30, 1956, proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 17 to 23 as Constitution Week. The proclamation was a result of the efforts by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.

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