2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 16
"The Birth of the U.S. Constitution"

The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “The Birth of the U.S. Constitution,” an illustrated presentation by Dr. Don Hickey, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Hickey, a Wayne State College professor of history, will explore the birth of the national Constitution. Signed by Founders on Sept. 17, 1787, the document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy.  

Hickey will discuss: why the Founders thought our first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, was inadequate; how a Massachusetts uprising gave momentum to the movement for a convention to write a new constitution; and how that constitution came to be ratified by all 13 states.

He will close his presentation by discussing the birth of the Bill of Rights.

Hickey is a specialist in early American history and American military history. He is best known for his books, “The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict” (University of Illinois Press) and “Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska’s Past” (University of Nebraska Press). Hickey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.