225th Anniversary Of Bill Of Rights

In a November press release, the West Virginia Humanities Council announced it has partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Archives to provide a free, pop-up exhibit observing the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights to 42 display sites across West Virginia. The exhibit, The Bill of Rights and You, was created by the National Archives and will be delivered to each venue at no cost in early December.

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. It was written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, and it lists specific prohibitions on governmental power.


The exhibit celebrates the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, which will be observed December 15 of this year. The National Archives launched a national initiative to explore the power of the Bill of Rights and our enduring system of government. The exhibit presents key information about the Bill of Rights including its history, implementation, and impact today. The Humanities Council coordinated the effort to identify exhibit sites in West Virginia, and worked with the National Archives to insure each state venue that wanted to participate in the initiative would receive the exhibit. Each site will also receive digital educational and press materials from the National Archives.


Among the 42 display sites are local libraries including:  the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, the Hillsboro Public Library, and the McClintic Library in Marlinton. People interested in viewing the exhibit should contact these libraries to confirm the specific display dates.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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