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Florida Historic Capitol Museum Constitution Day Celebration
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States

The Florida Historic Capitol Museum is hosting a Constitution Day event on Thursday, September 15th, to celebrate the 224th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Co-sponsored by the James Madison Institute, this event will feature reenactment performers portraying some of the leading voices in American and Florida history, including Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, James and Dolley Madison, and former Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings. Featured also is a reenactment of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate by the 2011 Florida History Fair winners. In addition to these performances, kids can participate in a "Sign the Constitution" activity and a voter registration booth will be available for adults. School groups can also visit the restored 1902 House Chamber and engage in an interactive mock session. During this 15-minute lesson students will learn about the Equal Rights Amendment, debate its merits, and cast their vote.

Schedule of Activities

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Voter Registration, First Floor Rotunda
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - "Sign the Constitution" Activity, First Floor Rotunda

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Reenactments, First Performance, Restored 1902 Senate Chamber

12:30 p.m. - Benjamin Franklin
12:50 p.m. - Patrick Henry
1:10 p.m. - James and Dolley Madison
1:30 p.m. - Lincoln-Douglas Debate
1:50 p.m. - Governor Jennings
2:10 p.m. - Conclusion of First Performance

Reenactments, Second Performance, Restored 1902 Senate Chamber

3:00 p.m. - Benjamin Franklin
3:25 p.m. - Patrick Henry
3:50 p.m. - James and Dolley Madison
4:15 p.m. - Lincoln-Douglas Debate
4:35 p.m. - Governor Jennings
4:55 p.m. - Conclusion of Second Performance

For more information on the events above or to schedule your class's attendance of one or more of the performances and the historic Equal Rights Amendment Vote program, please contact Andy Edel or Helena Safron at (850) 487-1902.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Dinner Break, Museum will remain open

Evening Events

6:15 p.m. - Reception to Celebrate James and Dolley Madison's 217th Wedding Anniversary- Second Floor Rotunda – Cookies and punch will be served.

7:00 p.m. - Three Founders Discuss the U.S. Constitution (Franklin, Henry, Madison), Senate Chamber

Seating for the 7:00 p.m. program is limited. To guarantee your seat, please contact Jenny Stone of the James Madison Institute (850) 386-3131.
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Museum Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays
Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Christmas Day

Free Admission
(donations appreciated)