September 17 marks the 225th anniversary of our nation’s founding document.
On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. They sent it on to the people in the several states for ratification. September 17th has been called, ever since, Constitution Day.
There are many ways to celebrate and learn more about our Constitution:
Attend the 14th annual Robert E. Henderson Constitution Day Lecture with Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O’Connor.
Purchase copies of the Ashbrook’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution Booklet.
Explore the many resources on the Constitutional Convention offered on Ashbrook’s Teaching American History website:
- An Introduction to the Convention with an overview of the questions delegates faced;
- A variety of detailed narratives of the events, including The Constitutional Convention as a Four Act Drama, a Day-by-Day Summary of the Convention, and a discussion of Major Themes at the Constitutional Convention,
- Biographical information on delegates to the Convention a list of committee assignments, and a record of who attended at critical moments in the debate;
- Testimony of the attendees themselves, in the form of correspondence and James Madison’s Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787;
- An interactive version of Christy’s Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States as well as additional artistic interpretations of the Constitutional Convention;
- An Interactive Map of Historic Philadelphia in the Late 18th Century, which, along with an account of the Entertainment of George Washington at City Tavern in Philadelphia, will give readers an idea of what it meant to be one of the delegates in Philadelphia during that long steamy summer.