We the People: Revisiting the Founding Era

Join us for a series of engaging community conversations about America’s Founding Era at the Grants Pass branch. This program series, sponsored by a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes.

The following programs are included in the series:

Youth program: Declaring and Exploring Independence

Saturday, February 2 from 2:30–4 pm at the Grants Pass branch

Part I of the youth programs for “We the People: Revisiting the Founding Era” explores the people, documents, and events of Revolutionary War with emphasis on activism, coalition-building, and the role of women through documents of Henry Knox. Students from third through twelfth grade are invited to create an interactive artist piece inspired by the study of primary documents focused on America’s independence. The pieces will be displayed at the library.

This program will be facilitated by two Grants Pass School District 7 teachers, Jordan Kasler from North Middle School and Breanna Holtz from South Middle School.

Youth program: Creating a Constitution and Governing a Nation

Saturday, February 9 from 2:30–4 pm at the Grants Pass branch

Part II of the youth programs for “We the People: Revisiting the Founding Era” explores the people, documents, and events of Revolutionary War with emphasis on activism, coalition-building, and the role of women through documents of Henry Knox. Students from third through twelfth grade will have a chance to create a hip hop/rap performance piece through the study of primary documents focused on the creation of America’s government.

This program will be facilitated by two Grants Pass School District 7 teachers, Jordan Kasler from North Middle School and Breanna Holtz from South Middle School.

Adult program: Making a More Perfect Union

Saturday, February 16 from 5–6:30 pm at Climate City Brewing Co.

The community is invited to participate in a moderated discussion with facilitator and local author Jennifer Roberts, Ph.D surrounding the theme of “Making a More Perfect Union” while enjoying a beer (or two!) at Climate City Brewing Co.

The discussion will use the following guiding question “If a new constitutional convention were called in your lifetime, what issues do you believe would be on the agenda and which would be the most controversial?”  Together, the group will brainstorm topics and then “vote” on the top three or four most salient modern issues. Participants will have a chance to discuss, debate, and report back on one of the topics with the rest of the group.

Space is limited and registration is required for this program. For more information and to register, contact the library at info@josephinelibrary.org or 541-476-0571. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Adult program: Founding Era Document Transcription Project Kickoff

Saturday, March 2 from 4:30–6 pm at the Grants Pass branch

Community members of all ages are invited to kick off a Founding Era document transcription project at the library. Facilitator Jennifer Roberts, Ph.D will show attendees how to participate in a crowdsourced transcription project and provide a forum for discussing the experience and any discoveries.

Click here for more information about the Revisiting the Founding Era grant.

For more information about the “We the People: Revisiting the Founding Era” program series, contact the library at info@josephinelibrary.org or call 541-476-0571.

This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association, and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

 

Updated 1/16/2019