Celebrate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution!
Join us for a free, family-friendly event on September 17 from 2 pm- 4 pm in the Bigelow Courtyard at Old North Church & Historic Site.
**Please Note Event Change:**
Master craftsmanship means producing only the best. Due to complications with materials needed, the Boston version of the Federal Convention (U.S. Constitution) will be printed at a later date. We are sorry for this inconvenience and will let the public know when the document is ready for printing and copies can be purchased. Old North’s Constitution Day event will continue to take place Sunday, September 17 from 2 – 4 pm. Visitors can hear print master Gary Gregory talk about his work constructing the Constitution and see type displays of the work done thus far. In addition to this, quill-writing, postcard stamping and typesetting demonstrations will be offered. We apologize for the late change and hope you will join us in celebrating this important day in our nation’s history!
Explore hands-on activities, including postcard stamping, quill-writing and typesetting demonstrations. Learn about the skill, labor and time that went into colonial printing from Gary Gregory, print master and founder of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill at the Old North Church & Historic Site. Grab your own piece of history and purchase a freshly printed Boston editon of the Constitution from an 18th c. printing press for the first time since 1787. (** Please note, this document will be printed and available for purchase at a later date)
Constitution Day commemorates September 17, 1787 when the U.S. Constitution was signed, and recognizes all who have become American citizens. Before its ratificaiton in 1789, the Constitution was commonly referred to as the “Federal Convention.” Found by Gary Gregory in the collection of The Massachusetts Historical Society, this document was originally printed by Benjamin Edes and Powers in Boston and contains a letter from George Washington urging the American States to approve and ratify the document, thus creating today’s Constitutional government.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this important day!
Schedule of Activities:
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Quill-writing, postcard stamping and typesetting demonstrations
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Boston’s Constitution- Hear Gary Gregory speak about the construction of the U.S. Constitution
4:00 pm: Event end