Founding Documents: Curating Constitutions with James F. Hrdlicka and Matthew Skic

July 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Take a closer look at how states have defined constitutional rights for nearly 250 years in connection with the Museum’s special exhibition Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today. On Wednesday evening, July 14, join Dr. James F. Hrdlicka, lecturer at Arizona State University and author of Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic, for a conversation online with Matthew Skic, the Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions, about the remarkable documents on loan from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, including a copy of the first printing of the proposed United States Constitution from 1787. This lively discussion will explore the questions Americans tried to resolve while writing constitutions during the Revolutionary, Civil War, and Progressive eras and uncover key differences in government on the state level that have influenced the United States Constitution.

The Museum’s current special exhibition, Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today, showcases dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the Union.