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Library to host Constitution Day celebration

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Constitution Week

During a recent meeting of the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Alderman, Spring Hill Mayor Jim Hagaman read a proclamation honoring Constitution Week on Sept. 17-23 and recognized members of the Brig. Gen. Richard Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution who created a Constitution display at the Spring Hill Library, are distributing educational materials about the constitution to schools throughout the area and will be visiting local schools to give presentations about the Constitution to raise awarness of the Constitution’s tenets and importance. Pictured are DAR members Judy Pierce, Vicki James, Pam Lachmann, Carolyn Smith, Betty Chinery and Frances Smith.

The Williamson County Library and members of Old Glory Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Constitution Week celebration Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 1314 Columbia Ave. in Franklin.  

The festivities will include live performers, a balloon artist, appearances by Alexander Hamilton and more. Children will also get an opportunity to write letters to veterans. 

“This is an event for families,” said Dolores Greenwald, Williamson County Library director and a member of Old Glory Daughters of the American Revolution. “We will kick off the fun at 1:30 p.m.” 

Children will receive activity sheets about the Constitution they can take home. There will be a display of Constitution books that can be checked out, and cupcakes and cookies will be served. 

Before it was called Constitution Day, Sept. 17 was Citizenship Day, celebrating American citizenship. It took an act of Congress in 2004 to change the name to Constitution Day, honoring the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The first time the celebration was held was in 2005.  

One provision in the law stated on Sept. 17, the head of every federal agency should provide all employees with educational materials concerning the Constitution and that each educational institution receiving Federal funds should hold a program for students every Constitution Day. 

Sunday’s event will end with the traditional ringing of the bells at 3 p.m. on the porch in the children’s area just as church bells rang throughout Philadelphia at 4 p.m. ET after the Constitution was signed.

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