Sparky's Quill: Constitutionally Awesome

Hey guys, so did you know that Tuesday was Constitution Day? That’s right, a day celebrating the documents that created our government! Wow, okay guys don’t sound too excited, but did you know that there is more than just a day that celebrates our Constitution? Did you know there is an entire nonprofit, nonpartisan institution and museum? Jumping jellyfish, where is it located?

The National Constitution Center is located in historic center city in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That’s right history lovers, you can visit the birthplace of America and then see a totally awesome, modern, interactive museum that shows the principles that run our country.

1097077_10201513755022341_604411901_o.jpg Ah, you can just smell the freedom in front of the Constitution Center.

The Constitution Center is perfectly located along Independence Mall. It sits across the mall from Independence Hall, where the signers of the Declaration and Constitution once gathered so many years ago.

1120079_10201513749422201_866597378_o.jpg They literally stood in this room here."

The Constitution Center was opened hundreds of years later in 2003 and it brings the legacy and principles of the constitution to the modern day audience. It makes history relevant, interesting, and enjoyable. Don’t believe me? Well I will tell you why.

The museum itself combines theater, exhibits, and interactive materials for the visitor. The material covers the origins of America as well as how the Constitution has changed throughout America’s history as a country. And trust me, it has changed a lot. For example, an interesting interactive material follows the timeline of American history. This material allows the user to see if they could vote during that period in American history. Since I am a 21-year-old white guy who has never been convicted of a crime I am able to vote pretty much when the Constitution was created, but for women and minorities (most could not even be citizens, or free for that matter), they were unable to vote until as recently as the mid 20th century for women. This example shows the flexibility of our Constitution and how it can change as our country, and the world, changes.

There are many other interactive exhibits and artifacts that are waiting to be discovered in the Constitution Center. One of my favorite parts is the hall of signers where you can party it up with real life statues of our founding fathers. The conversation is pretty dry, and there is no open bar, but it’s worth the chance to meet some really cool people.

IMG_0332.JPG This member of the Constitutional Convention was not very lively."

Philadelphia is a must visit for American citizens. The Constitution Center is only one of the many places to see the origins and importance of our country. Plus, the food is outstanding and I hear they have some pretty good sport teams.

Have any historical questions about our freedom? Drop us a line at sparkysquill@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sparkysquill.


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