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Constitution Day Events Begin Wednesday


September 16, 2008 — Everyone will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of the United States Constitution by taking a quiz at a table in the University of Wyoming Union breezeway Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The information table is part of UW's observance of Constitution Day, annually celebrated so that people might recognize the ratification of the United States Constitution and all those who have become citizens due to either coming of age or naturalization, says Richard Kean, director of the Wyoming Partnership for Civic Education (WYPCE) at UW's American Heritage Center.

"Sept. 17 was chosen because it was on this day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution," Kean says.

Additionally, the Honorable Jeffrey A. Donnell, a judge in the Wyoming Second Judicial District in Albany County, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the American Heritage Center Stock Growers Room.

"Judge Donnell will offer some insights into the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the Second Amendment, ‘District of Columbia v. Heller,' that was handed down June 26," Kean says.

For more information about Constitution Day and resources on the Constitution, go to www.uwyo.edu/constitutionday.

For information about the WYPCE, contact Kean at rkean@uwyo.edu, (307) 766-4986.

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