All are invited to a special display in the Beinecke Library reading room to mark Constitution Day, September 17, 2023, from 1pm to 4pm. This event commemorates the 236th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution by the members of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The display will include the first printing of the Constitution by Dunlap and Claypoole as well as its first appearance in a newspaper, on September 19, 1787, in the Pennsylvania Packet. You will also be able to see the first printing of The Federalist Papers and other texts and correspondence from the collections related to the Constitution.
Kindly note: all visitors to this special display will need to check any and all bags, coats, and other personal belongings in secure lockers on the library’s ground floor before going to the reading room.