Wednesday September 12, 2012

Williams College will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Justin Crowe, assistant professor of political science, will present "From Colonies to Confederation to the Miracle of Philadelphia," a discussion about several of the nation’s key founding documents. The 4:30 p.m. talk will be at the Williams College Museum of Art.

The museum, which is normally closed on Mondays, will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. for this special event, which is free and open to the public.

Williams’ Chapin Library of Rare Books includes in its collections original printings of several founding documents, all of which are temporarily housed at the WCMA. The documents will return to Chapin in the summer of 2014, following completion of the college’s new library.

Documents currently on display at WCMA include the Declaration of Independence; Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union; Constitution of the United States; George Washington’s signed copy of The Federalist; and the Bill of Rights.