September 22, 2003
What's the most important message visitors could take away from the National Constutition Center? The answer might be as varied as the thousands - Americans and foreign visitors alike - who tour the new interactive museum on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. But an overriding theme of the center is the importance of citizen participation - specifically, to vote. It's no accident, then, that visitors are invited to linger at a "citizens' cafe" where they can tap into computers to research legislation, e-mail lawmakers, or read voter guides.
August 19, 2012 |
D AVID EISNER, president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center since November 2009, announced Friday that he'll step down Oct. 31. "It's the right time," Eisner said. "I got some big ideas. " Eisner, who oversaw the center's FREEDOM! Initiative - an effort to increase awareness of the center around the nation - said only that his next step would be in the realm of civic engagement with a focus on strengthening the culture of democracy. "I feel so grateful and honored to have been able to lead such an amazing institution," Eisner said.
August 18, 2012 |
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center announced Friday that he will be stepping down, effective Oct. 31. David Eisner, who was president and CEO for nearly three years, will stay on to present the 2012 Liberty Medal to Muhammad Ali on Sept. 13 and to open the Constitution Center's exhibition about Prohibition on Oct. 19, according to a news release issued by the center Friday. He also will assist in the search for a new chief for the center. "The National Constitution Center has made significant progress in establishing itself as a regional and national attraction, and this is the right time for me to step aside," Eisner said in the statement.
March 6, 1998 |
Last Wednesday marked the 201st anniversary of one of the more inspirational little moments in American history. It wasn't an act of great valor or rhetorical flourish. Instead, it was a play of manners following the inauguration in Philadelphia of John Adams as the second President of the United States. Thomas Jefferson, the newly sworn-in vice president, stepped back at the doorway of Congress Hall to allow Washington, the former president, to precede him. Washington declined the deference, remarking that he was now just an ordinary citizen.
October 18, 2012 |
rFor almost a century, suffragettes, preachers, populists, presidential candidates, progressives, conservatives, and even the Ku Klux Klan, all railed against the evils of drink. Eliminate "spiritous liquors" and, like magic, wife-beaters, vagrants, unruly workers, and swarthy foreigners would all be wiped away, cleansing America of moral and alien scourges. Thus the passage, in 1919, of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and the onset of Prohibition. But it didn't quite work out that way. Instead, an era of flappers and gangsters, speakeasies and massive federal law enforcement bum-rushed the country headlong into the Great Depression.
December 7, 2012 |
The top spot belonged first to a Bush and then to a Clinton. Now, in a familiar American formula, the National Constitution Center is turning again to a Bush. The center announced Thursday that former Florida Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush had been elected chairman of its board of trustees. Bush, 59, who runs an education foundation and who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate in a theoretical race against Hillary Rodham Clinton, will succeed former President Bill Clinton, who has served as chairman since January 2009.
February 14, 2012 |
Toward the end of the National Constitution Center exhibit "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen," which opens on Friday, there's a section called Book of Dreams. To get there, you walk by the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette that Springsteen bought in 1975 after the success of Born to Run , and pass through rooms lined with fliers advertising gigs by early Springsteen bands like Steel Mill and Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom. There are trophies like the 1994 best-song Oscar for "Streets of Philadelphia," and artifacts such as the jeans and T-shirt the Boss wore on the cover of 1984's Born in the U.S.A.
June 23, 2000
The National Constitution Center is not only finding where the bodies are buried; it's finding the money to build something splendid over where the bodies once were. As archaeologists dug into Independence Mall this week to prepare the way for this long-struggling, now-blossoming project, they found the graves of 15 Colonial Americans. They had been overlooked when the old Second Presbyterian Church moved its burial ground on what is now the Mall to Mount Vernon Cemetery in 1867.
February 9, 2007 |
The National Constitution Center has obtained a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that will go on display next week and be part of the center's collection for the next 10 years. The printing is one of the so-called Leland-Boker editions of the proclamation, produced in 1864 for sale at the Philadelphia Great Central Sanitary Fair to raise money for sick and wounded Union soldiers. Forty-eight copies were made; 22 are known to be still in existence, with four held by other institutions in the city.
November 19, 2002 |
They may not see eye to eye on a lot, but liberal Richard Dreyfuss and conservative Jeane J. Kirkpatrick find common cause on one thing - the U.S. Constitution. "I'm a great fan," said Kirkpatrick, former U.N. ambassador during the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1985. "Certainly the ideas of America, as represented in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, are something we are together on," said actor Dreyfuss. "It's not surprising to me at all. " "One of the strengths of the Constitution is that it was clearly designed to stimulate a government under which people of quite different points of view could live," said Kirkpatrick in a recent telephone interview from her Washington, D.C., office.