Monday, September 15, 2008

September 17th is Constitution Day

What is "Constitution Day"?

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention. We commemorate the birthday of our country's most important document, and the courage of the founders, every year on the anniversary of the signing. As expressed by the National Constitution Center, "Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans." (

At ULM University Library we are marking Constitution Day 2008 with a special web page (, displays on the first floor of the University Library (including copies of the Constitution that you may check out), and an essay contest. (Contest winners will be recongnized at the reception in the University Library on September 25th.)

The theme of this first annual Constitution Day essay contest, open to all students at ULM, is "The Freedom to Express Yourself." For essay requirements, contact Dr. Joshua Stockley,, in the political science department. Essays are to be turned at the University Library reference desk no later than 9 p.m. on Monday, September 22nd.

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