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Media Advisory
November 2, 2006

The National Archives and National Park Service Host Special Four-Day Display of Original New York Bill of Rights Ratification

Display and Activities Mark Arrival of National Archives at Federal Hall

What: The original Ratification of the U.S. Bill of Rights by the State of New York will be on view in Federal Hall for four days beginning December 14. The Federal Hall National Memorial, operated by the National Park Service, was the site of the nationís first Federal seat and site of the drafting of the U.S. Bill of Rights.

The free display is the public centerpiece of several events marking the arrival of the National Archives and Records Administration at the National Park Service historic site.

The display marks the first time the Ratification has been exhibited in New York City since it was signed on March 27, 1790, according to records of the National Archives. The document is among the Federal records the National Archives holds in trust for the American people.

In addition to the ratification document, a related new National Archives exhibit goes on view. There will be a costumed George Washington on Thursday and James Madison on Friday, childrenís activities, free tours of the building, onsite discussions of the Ratification document, and more.

Where: Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street, New York, NY

When: Thursday, December 14, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Building is opened with George Washington and town crier ringing bell on Wall Street steps)
Friday, December 15 (Bill of Rights Day), 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The exhibition and related public activities are free and open to the public.


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