MEET AT THE LIBRARY and MUSEUMS FOR PEACE
A book about butterflies shows us what nature has so beautiful created and how harmony and balance must have been on Noah's Ark. An open book brings an open mind and a library is the place to get it. Visiting Libraries and Museums throughout the United States and other countries, brings to mind that through knowledge you learn to appreciate past, present, future and enhance your lifestyle.
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The Constitution of the United States of America gives us the right to live free. As the Foundation of the Commemoration of the U.S. Constitution writes; We American are blessed with a Constitution that assures us the power in government... The protection of our individual rights... The freedom to make or lives what we will. The idea of citizens to meet at the library, an institution where books are housed, should be the right place to carry on our celebration and discuss the Constitution to understand and learn more about it. No American should be ignorant of the history and principles of our Constitution... no citizen should be unsure of the rights and laws that guarantee our liberty... no generation should grow up uninformed about our cornerstone of democracy and freedom.
We thank you for acknowledging this Invitation Letter and your possible participation. Yes, we are all, indeed, civilized by the existence of the U.S.- Constitution. The theme "We the people...taking another look at the Constitution" should bring us together to honor the past, strengthen our presence and set a positive self-image to the young.
Douglas Library in Hebron, Connecticut USA
A quick overview of the workings "Meet at the Library" will help you to understand how simple it is to make it work. A committee of thirteen ( in honor of the thirteen original states ) or a minimum of six is chartered by the library. It will meet for the first time on September 17, and meet there after as many times as the committee decides. We would suggest at least a minimum of six meetings a year. Date, time and place should be announced to the local schools and the media for the general public. A elected chairperson and secretary are responsible for a summary report and the functioning of the meeting. This should include: reading, interpreting, discussing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, researching and gathering information, and inviting guest speakers on related topics. A donation of one dollar per person will be collected in honor of the first President George Washington and the committee membership will donate two dollars in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the architect of the Declaration of Independence for the local Library Book Fund Raiser. A yearly summary report will give every library a place on the "Meet at the Library" website and the opportunity to be recognized as a ratifier of the United States Constitution throughout the country and the world. With this effort we hope to develop consensus among Americans to teach the U.S. Constitution as a life preparing curriculum in our schools. Personal responsibility is what our form of government is all about. The Constitution ratifier, Samuel Johnson, said: "that curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."
I am one of many who focus on the education of youth and as a 20th Century Immigrant and citizen of the United States of America, I pledge allegiance to the Constitution and a republic that stands for liberty and justice for all. The Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment. "I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but the people." - Thomas Jefferson. " Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people... let us dare to read, think, speak and write." - John Adams. "I make a commitment to America's future with our grassroots movement." - E Pluribus Unum. "What we obtain to cheaply, we esteem to lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Haven knows how to put a price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated." - Thomas Payne 1776, who wrote Common Sense, the Rights of Man and the Age of Reason. I traveled 2004/05 through the United States and stopped at many Librarys and Schools to get a feeling how a program of this nature would be received, I was overwhelmed about the agreement that we need to do more to understand and talk about the Constitution. Our founding fathers developed a living Constitution and for this reason we have the responsibility to make sure that our children learn the meaning and the laws that protect our freedom and independence. I call on you today to join me and support the idea to teach the Constitution as a life preparing curriculum in our school system. It is the consensus of citizens that make a difference in a constitutional republic.
Are WE lucky to sit here and talk about our grandchildren's future?
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International Network of
Museums For Peace
The International Network of Museums for Peace is a worldwide network for peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share in the same desire to build a global culture of peace.
Luthuli Museum in Grontville, KwaDuKuza, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Uppsala Peace Museum in Uppsala, Sweden
Peace Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Let us know if you have a Peace Museum in your neighborhood.