News Display: President Kennedy Signs Peace Corps Legislation, Monday, 9/22

Monday, 9/22

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  • President Kennedy Signs Peace Corps Legislation, Monday, 9/22
  • On September 22, 1961 President John F. Kennedy signed legislation that established the Peace Corps as a federal government agency. Significantly, it was an important victory in the Cold War that led to thousands of volunteers who travelled throughout the world to better the lives of others. The Corps included teachers, engineers, agricultural scientists, and many other professionals who went to Latin America, Asia, Africa, and other underdeveloped countries. The exhibit will feature the historic signing of the legislation and growth of the Peace Corps, as well as continuing programs, including the Peace Corps Fellows at Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Stars and Stripes, Wednesday, 9/3
  • On September 3, 1777 the American flag was flown for the first time. Colonial soldiers under the command of General George Washington fought with British and Hessian militia in the only battle of the American Revolution that occurred on Delaware soil -- at Cooch's Bridge, named after Thomas Cooch, a local landowner whose house was near the bridge. The original flag is believed to have been designed by Betsy (Elizabeth) Griscom Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, at the request of General Washington. Originally the flag had thirteen alternating red and white stripes and a field of blue with thirteen white stars, symbolizing the Union. Three months prior, Congress had passed a resolution describing the components of the American flag. Our news display will feature stories about the history of the American flag and the significance of Coochs Bridge where it was first flown. See here for a brief history of the flag timeline by the Independence Hall Association.
  • Patriot Day, Thursday, 9/11
  • Patriot Day is an annual observance which remembers those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks by al-Quaeda in the United States on September 11, 2001. Thirteen years ago on this day, nearly 3,000 people died in the bombings of four hijacked planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. In observance, flags are flown at half-staff, and moments of silence are observed at 8:46am (Eastern Central), the time when the first plane collided into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. As we honor the innocent victims, stories describe the terrible tragedy with a continuing call for service to the community and nation. Be sure to join us the book talk, Somewhat Close to Normal, with Ebonye Octavia Gussine later in the afternoon.
  • Constitution Day, Wednesday, 9/17
  • On September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, then our nation's first capital, thirty-eight of forty-one delegates of the Constitutional Convention signed the United Sates Constitution, the supreme law of our country. It originally comprised a preamble, seven articles, and a closing statement. It has since been amended twenty-seven times, including the Bill of Rights that constituted ten amendments added in 1791. Constitution Day , also known as Citizenship Day, commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution and all those who have become American citizens. Headlines will feature the history and significance of Constitution Day, with reference to schools and learning. Be sure to check out The Charters of Freedom: "A New World Is at Hand", an exhibit of the National Archives, as well as the book talk, Atheists in America, with Melanie Brewster and contributors on this day!

Last Updated: 7:39 am, Tuesday, Jul 22 , 2014