Constitution Day Exhibit
To recognize Constitution Day on September 16, the Gannett-Tripp Library is exhibiting through October 21 a display focusing on the Constitution of the United States, along with a variety of banned books. Maybe you have read a banned book. Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five? How about Harry Potter or Maurice Sendak’s children’s book The Night Kitchen? Amazingly, even the Holy Bible has been banned. The First Amendment’s protection of free speech and press have kept these books in circulation.
The exhibition also includes a poster given to Elmira College by E. C. alumna and Haudenosaunee tribal member Awenheeyoh Powless '07 and her mother Nancy Powless. The poster depicts a wampum belt of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) with the statement: "You're looking at the first draft of The Constitution." It goes on to assert that "Before the ideas of inalienable rights, liberty, and democracy were strung together in words, they were strung together in beads made of shells – in this Iroquois Confederacy Wampum Belt."
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