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Library Display: Constitution Day

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Stop in the Kraemer Family Library this week to visit this year's Constitution Day display. The current "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" had its roots back in 1940 with a joint resolution passed by Congress requesting the President to issue a Proclamation setting aside the third Sunday in May for public recognition for all those who attained American citizenship, as "I Am An American Day."

In 1952 Congress repealed the 1940 joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution.

Federal legislation proposed by West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd and passed by Congress in 2005 requires all educational institutions which receive funds from the Department of Education to provide educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. It also requires the head of every federal agency to provide each employee with educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on this date.  Effective May 24, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education released a "Notice of Implementation"  announcing that it would enforce the provisions of this law.

View images of this display at the Kraemer Family Library's flickr page!

Posted: 09/14/2017