Produced by the National Constitution Center and piloted at Constitution High School in Philadelphia, The Constitution Happened Here is designed to uncover the vast wealth of history in our local communities. In Philadelphia, for example, the Constitutional Convention took place from May until September 1787 at Independence Hall—but America’s democracy took shape many other places the delegates visited. Just like the Constitution didn’t “happen” in one place, American history was not made in a few important places—it unfolded everywhere around us. The Constitution Happened Here documents the lesser-known yet historically significant individuals, events, institutions, and traditions in our communities that have contributed to the story of “We the People.”
Since 2010, the students of Constitution High School have captured the history of their communities through video projects they researched, filmed, and edited. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation, we are able to share these stories and inspire students nationwide to explore their own communities and see where history happened.
The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. Located steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship as an interactive museum and a national town hall for constitutional dialogue. The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, the national hub for constitutional education, which offers cutting-edge civic learning resources both onsite and online. For more information, call 215.409.6700 or visit the National Constitution Center website.
Constitution High School is Philadelphia’s only public school focused on law, democracy and history. Opened in 2006, CHS was born of a groundbreaking partnership between the National Constitution Center, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Ballard Spahr LLP, and the School District of Philadelphia, supported by the Annenberg Foundation. A block from Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the school capitalizes upon the unparalleled historical resources of the city to deliver a program that emphasizes the study of social sciences through the American experience. CHS faculty, working in hand with National Constitution Center staff, aim to engage students in learning about democracy through a three-pronged approach: civic knowledge, democratic deliberation, and public action. Visit Constitution High School online for more info.