Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Constitution exhibit closes with birthday party, awards

KINGSVILLE - September 13, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

It’s a party and everyone is invited. The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a birthday part for the U.S. Constitution, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. The celebration is scheduled as an end for the exhibits that have been in the museum’s west gallery honoring the Constitution.

During the celebration, Dr. Leslie Hunter, Regents professor of history, will talk about the Constitution and its authors in his presentation Things Your History Professor Never Told You
About the Constitution
.

Hunter and his wife, University Archivist Cecilia Aros Hunter, are directors of the American Democracy Project, the organization that sponsored The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S.
Constitution
, one of the exhibits at the museum.

The second exhibit, America: Symbols of Freedom, Words of Wisdom, is the work of students from the Santa Gertrudis School. This exhibit features last year’s third, fourth and fifth grade art students of Debra Hinojosa and this year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade social studies students of Donita Powell. The art students created symbols of America such as the Liberty Bell and the American flag in the style of pop artist Andy Warhol. There are 45 pieces done in various media. The older social studies students produced a collage of text and imagery including quotes from famous Americans on the topic of freedom and independence.

The art students who created the exhibit will return to the museum Sept. 18, to sing patriotic songs.

In addition to the exhibit, an essay contest for university students has been conducted. The theme for the essay is The Constitution and Immigration and the question is Do the Rights in the Constitution Extend to Illegal Immigrants? Winners will be announced at the party Sept. 18. Bookstore scholarships will be given to the first, second and third place winners of the contest.

The Conner Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 361-593-2810.


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