9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, March 1st, Dr. Gordon Lloyd of Pepperdine University and will be giving a series of lectures at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on The Bill of Rights. Topics include lectures on the Origins of the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the first Congress. The event will include a complimentary lunch and tour of the library which includes the short term exhibit “Of Patriots and Tyrants: Founding Documents at the Reagan Library.”

From March 1-19th, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be displaying several documents that give a glimpse in to the country’s founding.  The exhibit entitled “ Of Patriots and Tyrants: Founding Documents at the Reagan Library” will feature George Washington’s Acts of Congress. This unique book is President George Washington’s personal copy of the papers that signaled the birth of American constitutional government. It contains the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other key acts of the First Congress in 1789. This book also  features brief written commentary in which the new president acknowledged presidential powers and responsibilities.

Also included in the exhibit are:
The Declaration of Independence (Stone Copy) -The Reagan Library’s Stone Declaration was one of the 200 copies authorized by Congress, printed on parchment, which is made from animal skin.

The Washington Letter -Dated 13 July 1796, this letter was written by President George Washington to James McHenry, the Secretary of War during Washington’s second term.

The George III Memorandum – Written By King George III, this Memorandum details the King’s reluctance to acknowledge the independence of the 13 American Colonies from Great Britain.
As a result of a partnership with the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Dr. Lloyd’s lectures will be recorded for iTunes U, and will highlight resources from Dr. Lloyd’s newly launched website on The Bill of Rights.

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