POINT PLEASANT — This week, the Mason County Public Library welcomed a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.
The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. This exhibit runs through Feb. 28.
The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:
“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”
The Mason County Public Library is located at the corner of Viand and Sixth Streets in Point Pleasant. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. During the exhibit’s run, the Library will be closed for two national holidays; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16, and Presidents Day, February 20.
The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.
This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
Cindy Williams works for the Mason County Library.