In 1955, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) started the tradition of celebrating the Constitution by petitioning Congress to set aside September 17 – 23 annually to observe Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the US Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956 by President D. Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are to:
- Emphasize citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution
- Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
- Encourage the study of historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
DAR members, Carolyn Walker and Rosemary Parker, members of the DeWitt Clinton Chapter of DAR, created displays at the Empire Township Historical Museum, LeRoy Elementary School, and J.T. & E.J. Crumbaugh Memorial Library about the Constitution.
The ladies teamed up with Empire Township Historical Museum J.T. & E.J. Crumbaugh Memorial Library to plan Constitution Week activities for children on Monday, September 18, 3:30 to 6 p.m. The activities will start at 3:30 p.m. at the museum, located below the library at 405 E. Center St. Kids will have a treat, hear a story about the flags that have flown over our country, do crafts, and receive a mini flag and a bookmark commemorating Constitution Week. At 5 p.m. everyone will go upstairs to the library for “Lego’s with April.” This event is free! Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org