Ashbrook Participates in National Archives Conference on the Declaration of Independence

December 24, 2020

Ashland, OH (June 18, 2015) – Roger Beckett, Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University will be a featured panelist speaking on the topic of “Teaching the Declaration,” as part of the National Archives free conference on the Declaration of Independence.  The conference is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. To attend, advance registration is required at:

The conference will also be streamed live on the National Archives YouTube channel.

Presented in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study, the conference, titled “Punctuating Happiness” will explore the National Archives’ work in preserving the original Declaration of Independence, the diversity of the document’s textual tradition, how this diversity affects historical research, and how it is taught in schools. Featured speakers will include National Archives Executive for Research Services Bill Mayer and National Archives Director of Conservation Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler; historians David Armitage, Holly Brewer, Woody Holton, Eric Slauter, and Richard Wendorf; James McClure, the editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson; and Seth Kaller, a collector and broker of rare documents.


Founded in 1983, the Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government through its educational programs for teachers, students and citizens.