The Survival of the Bill of Rights

TPS parent and attorney Josh Wolson kicked off our 2016-17 series of Monthly Constitutionals with a dramatic presentation that was not about the survival of the rights included in our country's Bill of Rights (we will do that later!) but rather about the actual survival of velum copies of the historic document itself.  

Each state was sent a copy of the Bill of Rights in order to ratify it. Students learned about an FBI sting operation right here in Philadelphia in 2003 that led to the recovery of North Carolina's original copy of the Bill of Rights. Josh also described Pennsylvania's attempt to recover its allegedly stolen copy and the eventual agreement between the New York Public Library and our Commonwealth to share the document in question. That document is currently on display at the National Constitution Center, and our 8th graders will have the opportunity to see it when they visit in January.