In photo, left to right: Sara Kerfoot, Constitution Week Chairman, and Anna Marie Lee, Regent, from the Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. They created and set up the Constitution Week Display at the library. The Muntz Library would like to thank them for their generosity. The display is on view throughout the month of September.
On September 1, 2010, representatives of the Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
(NSDAR) visited the Muntz Library to set up an excellent display in honor of Constitution Week
. Readers can find some photos of the display and its creation on our Facebook page
. In addition, this is one of the events that the library will present as part of the September Project
The following information was provided by the Mary Tyler Chapter of the NSDAR:
The Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to announce the United States Constitution
Display at the University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library. The theme of this year's display is “Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism
.” The display can be found on the second and third floors of the library during the month of September. The Muntz Library hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. The display is free it is open to the public during regular library hours.
The display supports the celebration of Constitution Week, September 17-23. This will be the 223rd
anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted by the US Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Through this celebration, the Daughters of the American Revolution wish to: (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
As part of their mission, the Mary Tyler Chapter of the NSDAR organizes various educational activities for Constitution Week. This year, the chapter has announced the following events:
- Constitution Day luncheon at Willowbrook on September 17, 2010. The speaker will be Florence Fitch Patton who is the past NSDAR Corresponding Secretary General, Honorary State Regent of Texas, National Chairman, Units Overseas Committee. She will be speaking on the Bill of Rights.
- Churches and schools throughout Smith County are asked to ring their bells at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 17. This is the time it is believed the Founding Fathers adopted our Constitution. Bells rang throughout the 13 colonies at this time in 1787. The Ritter Carrillon here at UT Tyler will be ringing its bells on Sept. 17.
- The Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor the publishing of the complete text of the United States Constitution in the Tyler Morning Telegraph. This will be on Sept. 17.
- On Saturday morning, September 18, the Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members will be at Tyler Public Library for the American Girl Club meeting. We will discuss life during Revolutionary times. Members will be in colonial dress.
- On Monday, September 20 at 11:00am at the University of Texas at Tyler, the Captain William Barron Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will join the Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in presenting a Flag and Song Program sponsored by the UT Tyler Student Government Association. Dr. James Newsom, Senior Lecturer in History at UT Tyler, will be the guest speaker.
- The Mary Tyler Chapter also provided educational packets related to the U.S. Constitution to Tyler Independent School District (TISD) school librarians.
For more information on the Constitution Week display, readers may contact Anna Marie Lee, Chapter Regent, at 903-561-0085 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Sara Kerfoot, Constitution Week Chairman at 903-845-6530 or Sarafoot123@aol.com
For more information about Muntz Library programs and events, readers may contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at 903-566-7165 or email@example.com