Constitution Day

As the University of Louisville's sponsor for U.S. Constitution Day, the McConnell Center invites the UofL and greater Louisville community to join us for a series of events designed to commemorate the 1787 signing of the pivotal document.

As part of the McConnell Center's continuing mission to assist Kentucky citizens in developing a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution and American history, the McConnell Center is proud to sponsor UofL's celebration of Constitution Day.

"We are glad to be at the center of UofL's efforts to remind the American citizenry of our rich and essential constitutional heritage," said Gary L. Gregg, PhD, director of the McConnell Center.

The following events are part of the McConnell Center's celebration of the 39 men who signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Topics and events sponsored by the McConnell Center vary by year.

2016: Sept. 16-23

  • Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.:Voter registration, constitutions and cupcakes (outside of the SAC's 2nd Floor Food Court)
  • Sept. 16, 6 p.m.: A Constitution Day Debate, "MVP of the American Founding: Alexander Hamilton vs. John Adams" (Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium)
  • Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Three Founding Visions of America: Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and James Wilson (a conference for Kentucky social studies teachers in the 2016 Teacher Scholar Program)
  • Sept. 19-23: Poster display of signers of the U.S. Constitution (on display at Ekstrom Library)

2015: Sept. 17-23

  • Poster display of signers of the U.S. Constitution - on display at Ekstrom Library
  • Voter registration, constitutions and cupcakes (open to the public-Sept. 17, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm in the SAC Food Court)
  • Constitution Day Quiz (10:00 am - 1:00 pm throughout campus)

2014: Sept. 17-23

  • Poster display of signers of the U.S. Constitution - on display in Ekstrom Library (open to the public)
  • Constitution Day quiz (see coverage in The Louisville Cardinal)
  • Voter registration, constitutions and cupcakes (open to the public)

2013

  • Voter registration, constitutions and cupcakes (open to the public)
  • Constitution Day art contest (open to Ky. students, grades K-6)

About Constitution Day

In 2004, U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd added an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill in Congress, thus establishing Constitution Day as an American federal observance. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education mandated that all public funded educational institutions and federal agencies provide programming on the history and importance of the Constitution.

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