Benton, KY… On January 9, 2017, the Marshall County Public Library @Benton will host a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. This exhibit runs through February 25, 2017.
The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:
“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”
The Exhibit will be located in the lower lobby of the Marshall County Public Library @Benton. Ms. Beth, Children’s Librarian @Benton, has planned a special After-School Program in conjunction with the Bill of Rights Display for Wednesday, February 8, for elementary-age students.
Patrons are invited to visit the display to learn more about our rich political heritage. A wide variety of materials about the Bill of Rights, our founding fathers, and more political history subjects can be discovered in the library’s collection or through various digital resources made available at www.marshallcolibrary.org.
The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.
This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the KY Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. The Council is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions. It is not a state agency, and receives no state funds, but are proud partners with Kentucky’s cultural, heritage, arts, and tourism agencies. The KY Humanities Council is located in Lexington, KY.