Center celebrates 5 years of civic programming, unveils new logo
Since 2005, the McConnell Center has dedicated part of its efforts to help Kentucky's American history teachers become better educators and Kentucky's young students become more knowledgeable citizens.
"Those efforts have grown so substantially, and with impressive results," said Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. "We thought it was time to celebrate these efforts with a new symbol."
Gregg said the Center chose to add the Liberty Bell to its traditional Corinthian column because it has been a non-partisan American icon for more than two centuries.
The Center's Civic Education Program is currently co-sponsoring a series of five professional development seminars with Liberty Fund, Inc. Through the co-sponsored programs, approximately 75 teachers, educators and McConnell Scholars Alumni are able to study primary source documents related to America's founding period, the so-called "manifest destiny" of the 19th century and the "Hoover-Roosevelt" debates of the early 20th century.
The Civic Education Program also provides free pocket-book constitutions, a series of regular publications and public events for local teachers and students.