Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day at the State Capitol

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2015

For More Information Contact:

Peter Grant, Digital Librarian
State Library of Arizona
Phone: (602) 926-3858

Kim Crawford
Communications Manager
Phone: (602) 926-3810
[email protected]

PHOENIX – Celebrate the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at the Arizona Capitol Museum, 11 a.m., September 17 at the Arizona Capitol Museum in the historic state capitol, Phoenix.

As part of the celebration, the State Library of Arizona and the AZCM will host nationally-known speaker Robert McWhirter as he presents a talk on the Bill of Rights specifically the Ninth Amendment, regarding rights retained by people not listed in the First through Eighth amendments. Additionally, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales will present a talk about the Arizona constitution.

The Arizona State Archives will be at the AZCM to provide a rare look at an original signed copy of the 1910 Arizona state constitution. The state began its entry into the union as a leader in technology, being the first state to have its constitution typed rather than hand written. The constitution has not been on display since the state’s centennial celebration in 2012.

The U.S. Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787. The commemoration of the signing of the Constitution went through several changes in Congress before finally becoming Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in 2004.

Admission and parking are free. The AZCM is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 602-926-3870.

The State Library of Arizona, AZCM and State Archives are all branches of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.