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Amending America: The Bill of Rights 

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Amending America: The Bill of Rights, an exhibition from the National Archives, commemorates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.  Amending America: The Bill of Rights spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens.  Featuring facsimile documents, reproduction artifacts, and interactives, Amending America invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  

Amending America co-curator Jennifer Johnson states “the exhibition explores how Americans have continually tried to renegotiate our fundamental governing charter.”  The exhibition is divided into three themes:  

  • Origins of the first ten amendments;
  • Closer looks at each of the ten; and,
  • Overview of how these 18th century protections were expanded in the 20th century.

Exhibit Highlights include:

  • Records showing how each of the first 10 amendments affect Americans;
  • How We Amend,” an engaging and fun animation outlining this process;
  • Reproductions of the Bill of Rights and 14th amendment; and
  • Interactives that invite visitors to vote for the next amendment, and guess at how many times others were proposed.

This exhibition is touring the country as a part of the National Archives' Amending America Initiative that commemorates the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The national tour is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORY®, and the National Archives Foundation.

January 24 – March 16, 2017 Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX
April 6 – May 25, 2017 Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, Yorba Linda, CA
June 16 – August 11, 2017 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
August 26, 2017-March 19, 2018 George Mason's Gunston Hall, Lorton, VA
April 9-May 28, 2018 Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
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