Constitution Day Exhibit and Reception

As part of Loyola University New Orleans’ Constitution Day celebration this month, the University Honors Program and the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library are partnering to display rare historical documents relating to the U.S. Constitution including the first printing of the Constitution from an 18th-century magazine in Philadelphia.

A reception for the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30 through 8:00pm in the Learning Commons open area. All are invited to attend.

In addition to the first printing of the Constitution from American Museum magazine printed in Philadelphia in 1787, the exhibit also features:
–a two-page 1775 printing of Benjamin Franklin’s draft of what eventually became the Articles of Confederation—the document that governed the United States until the ratification of the current Constitution;
–a colonial printing from 1774 of the Articles of Association, which named the colonial congress the Continental Congress and implemented a British trade boycott;
–an early printing of the Bill of Rights; and
–other historical manuscripts relating to the Bill of Rights, including documents on the abolition of slavery, institution of income tax, prohibition and women’s suffrage.

The exhibition will be on view through Monday, September 30, and is free and open to the public.

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