New exhibit at Ford Presidential Museum commemorates 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights
It was 1791 when the first ten amendments of the Constitution were ratified into law by the United States thus establishing the Bill of Rights. 225 years later at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, a new exhibit from the National Archives is on display celebrating that landmark document. The exhibit, titled “Amending America: The Bill of Rights” features facsimile documents, and reproduction artifacts. Museum public affairs specialist Kristen Mooney says, the exhibit is close to an exact copy of the real thing.
“I work here in the museum so I’d consider myself kind of a historian," Mooney said. "The replicas in this exhibit are amazing, you look at them and you think, ‘are they real?’ They did an excellent job.”
While the exhibit ‘explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens,' according to a press release, Mooney says the exhibit not only celebrates the past, but also has valuable lessons it can teach in 2017.
“I think it’s very relevant especially in today’s political climate just to see what our constitution is all about and how we, the people, have power to make changes," she said. "And how we do that if we don’t like something about our Government.”
Amending America: The Bill of Rights is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibit will run through August 11, 2017.