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On exhibit at the Gannett-Tripp Library through October 18 is a display focusing on the Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence, Independence Day articles from the July 2, 2017 Sunday edition of the New York Times, and a variety of books selected from the library collection that describe events, people, and ideas from the Revolutionary War era and beyond. The exhibition also includes some random factoids such as: The first time the formal term “The United States of America” was used was in the Declaration of Independence; the word “democracy” does not appear once in the Constitution.
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.
More information about the Constitution can be found at http://www.constitutionday.com/
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