December 15, 2016
38 Indiana organizations selected to receive Bill of Rights pop-up exhibits

Free exhibits commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights awarded through Indiana Humanities, National Archives; nonprofits encouraged to create their own programs

On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, Indiana Humanities has selected 38 organizations around the state to receive free exhibits commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, as a result of a partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration. The Bill of Rights and You exhibit was made available for free to libraries, schools, museums and other community organizations through an application process.

The Bill of Rights, ratified to the Constitution on Dec. 15, 1791 as the first 10 amendments, protects rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to freely practice religion. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.

Host organizations will receive the exhibits within the month and are encouraged to create public programs about the Bill of Rights and their continuing importance today. The National Archives will provide a program guide and curriculum materials. Additionally, each awarded site in Indiana will receive a set of 50 pocket-sized copies of the Constitution to distribute to the general public, thanks to a sponsorship by JPMorgan Chase.

The Bill of Rights exhibit hosts are:

Arlington Elementary, Ft. Wayne

Aurora Public Library District, Aurora

Bellmont High School, Decatur

Carmel Middle School, Carmel

Chesterton Middle School, Chesterton

Clark-Pleasant Middle School, Greenwood

Corydon Central High School, Corydon

Creekside Middle School, Carmel

Cushwa-Leighton Library, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame

Fairmount Public Library, Fairmount

F.J. Reitz High School, Evansville

Four Presidents Corners Historical Society, Monroeville

Fulton County Public Library, Rochester

Greentown Public Library, Greentown

Hamilton Heights Middle School, Arcadia

Harrison County Public Library-Elizabeth Branch, Elizabeth

Henry County Historical Society, New Castle

Indianapolis Public Library-Lawrence Branch, Indianapolis

Jasper County Public Library, Rensselaer

Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Jeffersonville

La Porte County Public Library, La Porte

Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis

Lost Creek Elementary School, Terre Haute

Marian University, Indianapolis

New Prairie Middle School, New Carlisle

Owen County Public Library, Spencer

Perry Central School Corporation, Leopold

Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac

Rockville Elementary School Library, Rockville

Taylor University, Upland

Tipton High School, Tipton

Triton Central high School, Fairland

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

Warren Central High School, Indianapolis

Westchester Public Library, Chesterton

West Side Middle School, Elkhart

Yorktown Public Library, Yorktown

“The Bill of Rights is such a foundational piece of our history and we’re thankful to the National Archives and JPMorgan Chase to connect more Hoosiers to it,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We’re excited to see how these organizations use their exhibits to engage their communities with one of our country’s formative documents.”

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.


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