State Constitution detailing the Declaration of Rights
Thursday, September 7, 2023

State Archives Presents Original Documents at Free Constitution-Themed Exhibit Sept. 22

Sep 7, 2023

 In celebration of Constitution Week 2023, the State Archives will partner with the Asbury Station and Samuel Johnston Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution for a “One-Day Wonder” exhibit of original documents.

The Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary will host the free event Friday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The exhibit will feature original records crucial to our state and nation’s founding from the State Archives vault collection including John Adams’ 1776 letter to delegate William Hooper outlining his initial thoughts on government, the first leaf of North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution and Declaration of Rights, North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in the United States in 1865, and the 1868 State Constitution.

In addition, there will be volunteers dressed in period costumes, activities for children, and information on genealogy. Groups are welcome and should complete and submit the One Day Wonder form to reserve a time. For more information, visit

About the State Archives
The State Archives serves as the custodian of North Carolina's historical records, preserving and providing public access to a wealth of archival materials. Through its diverse collections, educational programs, and exhibitions, the State Archives plays a crucial role in promoting an understanding and appreciation of North Carolina's rich historical legacy.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit

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