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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day is an American federal observance to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.

In 2005, Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia, fearing Americans were forgetting our history, added an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, designating September 17 as Constitution Day. Institutions receiving federal funds as well as federal agencies are mandated to hold educational programs to commemorate this anniversary. If the actual birthday of the Constitution falls on a weekend, the day adjacent to this day is observed. Constitution Day also serves as a reminder to participate in the political process by exercising our right to vote. 

Online Resources

Here are some great on-line resources to help you learn more about the Constitution.

Some activities and videos about the Constitution

Websites for the Senate and the House of Representatives

Check out the official Constitution Day website or the Constitution Center's website.

PSC Celebration Activities

“We the People: The Constitution and Your Role as a Citizen”

  • Location: Main Campus Atrium
  • Timing: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, and Thursday, September 15, 2016

Event Description

Members of the campus community will be invited to engage with student members of Nu Sigma Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society about the history of voting rights as illustrated in the changing definitions of suffrage in the United States Constitution. Members of the campus community will have the opportunity to see how Americans have gained rights as voters over time, in particular highlighting the Fifteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-fourth, and Twenty-sixth Amendments to the Constitution.

Members of the campus community will also be able to learn about voter registration with an eye toward participation in the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, including how to determine whether one is already registered to vote, and how to register to vote if one has not already registered with the state of Illinois. A computer with internet access will be made available so that interested parties may check their voter registration status via the Cook County Clerk’s office voter registration search tool, and register to vote (if desired) via the Illinois State Board of Elections Online Voter Application.

Contact: Dr. Justin A. Pariseau, assistant professor of history and faculty advisor Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, (708) 709-3629, jpariseau@prairiestate.edu