“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” — Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
Beginning September 1, the Rockwall County Historical Foundation presents The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution, an exhibition prepared for travel by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Blessings of Liberty is an exhibition examining the document upon which the United States was founded. Written to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” the Constitution is short, simple and often ambiguous.
As the blueprint for our nation’s government, it represents a set of beliefs and a way of life. The exhibition seeks to explain the immense importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government, cryptic though it may seem.
Developed by a national consortium of scholars and institutions, “The Blessings of Liberty” consists of 12 poster panels addressing the transformation of the United States from a group of colonies to a nation united by a single document.
Panel topics include: Articles of Confederation, The Union from 1781–1788, The Constitutional Convention, The Founders’ achievement, Anti-Federalist arguments, Ratification, The Bill of Rights, Washington, DC, State and nation, The Supreme Court.
A private collection of historic memorabilia of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, drafters of the Constitution, along with Benjamin Franklin, a representative at the Constitution Convention is also displayed. Students have an opportunity to “vote” for their favorite statesman in the exhibit.
The free display is open to the public at the Bailey House, 903 E. Washington Street in Harry Myers Park through September 30 during regular museum hours. (Tuesday through Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact the museum at (972) 722-1507 or or visit the website at rchfonline.org.
Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, visit Humanities Texas online at www.humanitiestexas.org or call (512) 440-1991.