Calendar of Events

Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the Constitution
at Events in Washington, DC

Constitution 225th Anniversary 1787-2012 National Archives

Wednesday, September 5, at noon
For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence
William G. McGowan Theater

Law historian Alexander Tsesis has written a history of the Declaration of Independence from its creation in 1776 to the present and discusses the numerous ways the document has influenced American politics, laws, and society. A book signing will follow the program. This program can also be watched live on our Ustream channel. Go to http://www.ustream.tv/NARA

 

Wednesday, September 12, at 7 p.m.
The Constitution Turns 225: Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!
William G. McGowan Theater

Join us in celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Constitution with Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar and special guest Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as they explore the past, present, and future of the nation’s founding document. Presented in partnership with the Federalist Society and the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Saturday, September 15, at noon
Inherit the Wind
William G. McGowan Theater

Nominated for four Academy Awards®, this fictionalization of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial” stars Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly. Directed by Stanley Kramer. (1960; 127 minutes)

Monday, September 17, noon–2 p.m.
Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!
William G. McGowan Theater

In a special program in celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the first 225 guests will join the Founding Fathers for cake after their performance in the McGowan Theater.

Wednesday, September 19, at noon
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
William G. McGowan Theater

A landmark in American documentary films, Robert Drew’s cinéma vérité work chronicles how President John F. Kennedy, along with his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, clashed with Alabama Governor George Wallace over racial integration at the University of Alabama in 1963. (1963; 52 minutes)

Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m.
The Constitution and the War of 1812
William G. McGowan Theater

2012 Claude Moore Lecture: Journalist Roger Mudd moderates a discussion on “What So Proudly We Hailed: Messages and Lessons from the War of 1812” with panelists Pietro Nivola and Benjamin Wittes from the Brookings Institution and Peter Kastor from Washington University in St. Louis. Our partners, the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier and the Brookings Institution, join us in observing the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Wednesday, September 26, at noon
The President’s Czars: Undermining the Congress and the Constitution
William G. McGowan Theater

The word “czar” may seem inappropriate in a republic, but it has been used to describe independent executive branch officials with significant authority over a policy area. Mark Rozell discusses the history of the Presidential czars since FDR’s administration. A book signing will follow the program. This program can also be watched live on our Ustream channel. Go to http://www.ustream.tv/NARA

Saturday, September 29, at noon
12 Angry Men
William G. McGowan Theater

Directed by Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men takes place entirely in a jury room. When Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) is not convinced of the boy’s guilt, an exploration of the issue “beyond a reasonable doubt” ensues. (1957; 95 minutes)


Locations, Hours, and Contact Information

The National Archives Experience
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC

For details, see the Visitor's Map or visit the National Archives Experience.

Exhibit Hours:

  • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. through March 14;
    10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily March 15 through Labor Day (opening at 11:30 on Monday, September 17)
  • Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.
  • Open every day except Thanksgiving and December 25.

Admission free.

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted; reservations are not required unless noted. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For McGowan Theater programs, the doors to the building will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue.

For details, see the Visitor's Map or visit the National Archives Experience.

For reservations or to be placed on the mailing list, call 202-357-5000, or toll free at 1-877-874-7616, or e-mail public.program@nara.gov.

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