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Historic documents return to newly refurbished rotunda
USA Today ^ | 9-17-03

Posted on 09/22/2003 11:57:12 AM PDT by putupon

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:41:11 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, lawmakers and the chief justice of the United States celebrated the rededication Wednesday of the original Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, which were locked away for two years of preservation work.

"Our founding fathers developed a form of representative government that served as a shining example to the rest of world," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., at an unveiling of a new exhibit inside the National Archives.. "And this experiment in self-rule has stood the test of time."


(Excerpt) Read more at usatoday.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: archives; billofrights; cas; constitution; doi; originaldocuments; primarydocuments
Vanity Post; what this FReeper worked on in between FReeping.
1 posted on 09/22/2003 11:57:13 AM PDT by putupon
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To: putupon
So too will the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, allowing the documents to be more accessible to people in wheelchairs and small children.

Good. Maybe if the People would read the plain words themselves and understand them, they won't rely on a Priesthood of Socialists, Secularists and Humanist legal pinheads to redefine and reinterpret them to the detriment of liberty.

2 posted on 09/22/2003 12:07:38 PM PDT by INVAR
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To: putupon
Vanity Post; what this FReeper worked on in between FReeping.

Did you write this article or did you work on the actual restoration?

3 posted on 09/22/2003 12:07:39 PM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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Restoration
4 posted on 09/22/2003 12:11:10 PM PDT by putupon (If we put up a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, would the Courts make us ta)
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To: putupon
From the photo it looks like quite a bit of light is hitting these documents. Aren't they now illuminated with filtered fiber optic lighting such as that from NOUVIR?
5 posted on 09/22/2003 12:13:48 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: putupon
Aren't the documents supposed to automatically retract into a vault in the event of emergency, or is that just a figment of my imagination?
6 posted on 09/22/2003 12:16:07 PM PDT by babyface00
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To: ZGuy
Lighting, I'm not familiar with. The casing, alot of the railings, and other misc. metal stuff have my work in them.
7 posted on 09/22/2003 12:24:46 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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To: babyface00
They can go into the wall, after that, the story about them going underground into a vault in case of nuclear attack, I don't have clearance or need-to-know to know. We speculate on that too.
8 posted on 09/22/2003 12:29:27 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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To: ZGuy
Oh, I do know that the inner casing has pressurized argon in it which is supposed to provide protection from light and atmosphere.
9 posted on 09/22/2003 12:31:51 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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To: putupon
Thanks.

I can't wait to see them in person.
10 posted on 09/22/2003 12:33:09 PM PDT by babyface00
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To: babyface00
Me either, almost had an excuse to the jobsite once, but priorities got in the way.
11 posted on 09/22/2003 12:35:05 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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I visited them about 11 years ago and I could have sworn that all four pages were on display then-----or am I dreaming?? It was the coolest thing imaginable for a young conservative mind to see.
12 posted on 09/22/2003 12:42:05 PM PDT by Abe Froman
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To: babyface00
I saw them this past Friday. It was the day after Isabel slammed the area. It was still cloudy and windy when I got in line right before the opened the doors. I was the first one in the rotunda. It was amazing to see all four pages of the Constitution for the first time. I had been in the Archives a few times before, but it was the first time I had seen the other pages of the Constitution. They're still doing some construction work inside the Archives building, but the main exhibit is finished.
13 posted on 09/22/2003 12:44:37 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Abe Froman
I really couldn't say what was & what wasn't shown back then. They say they're showing more than they used to, in addition to pg.s 2&3. That is just one of the cases shown in the pic. There are more of them arrayed in a semi circle displaying the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and so on.
14 posted on 09/22/2003 12:49:04 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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Restoration

Very cool. Are you an Archives employee or do you work for an independent contractor?

15 posted on 09/22/2003 12:49:32 PM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: jmc813
Independent contractor. We do lots of restoration work on old federal builings in DC.
16 posted on 09/22/2003 12:53:35 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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Maybe the DC Chapter should go down and read it to them.
17 posted on 09/22/2003 12:59:07 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Here's to Hillary's book sinking like the Clinton 2000 economy)
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Maybe the DC Chapter should go down and read it to them.

As stong as the case is, I doubt it can protect it from the likes of Roothy Bader-Meinhoff Gingrich, the 'Beast, Bubba, John McKainiac, etc. etc.

If it can be saved, it will be the DC Chapter that does it!

18 posted on 09/22/2003 1:06:33 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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Roothy Bader-Meinhoff Gingrich

Oops, my very bad, that should have said Roothy Bader-Meinhoff Ginsburg.

Apologies to Newt.

19 posted on 09/22/2003 1:09:20 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Court will let it stay.)
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To: putupon
Cool deal - good for you - neat job.
20 posted on 09/22/2003 4:00:02 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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