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December 15 is designated as Bill of Rights Day. It commemorates the ratification of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution on December 15, 1791.

"Amending America" Exhibit

Take a virtual tour of our "Amending America" exhibit, which highlights the remarkably American story of how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form a nation that more closely mirrors our ideals.

Amending America: How Do We Amend?

This animated short, made for the “Amending America” exhibit, describes how an amendment can be proposed and ratified. It also illustrates how our Founders included Article V, which made the Bill of Rights possible. 

 

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Why the Bill of Rights?

In celebration of the Amending America” exhibit, a panel discusses the story behind the Bill of Rights, the ratification of the Constitution, and the First Federal Congress. Panelists include Joseph Ellis, Jack Takeover, and Kenneth Bowling.

The Charters of Freedom

On Bill of Rights Day in 1952 the Charters of Freedom—the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights went on display together for the first time.

Washington, DC, Exhibits

The Bill of Rights is on permanent display in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom
The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is the permanent home of the Declaration of IndependenceConstitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. Come visit seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing; closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)

" Amending America" is on exhibit in the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, until September 4, 2017
The "Amending America" exhibit highlights the remarkably American story of how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form a nation that more closely mirrors our ideals. Amending America also has a website commemorating the Bill of Rights Anniversary. 

     

    Teaching & Learning Resources

    The Bill of Rights and You

    Explores how the Bill of Rights was created and what it means for us today.

    Download the high-resolution posters at  www.archives.gov/amending-america/visit/bill-of-rights-pop-up.

       

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