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Howard Chandler Christy's rendition of the signing of the Constitution, which hangs in the U.S. Capitol, captures the spirit of the historic event.

THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF HISTORIC SITES AND BUILDINGS • VOLUME XIX

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Ernest Allen Connally
OFFICE OF ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION

A. Russell Mortensen, Director
HISTORICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL SURVEYS DIVISION
Cornelius W. Heine, Chief

HISTORIC SITES SURVEY
Horace J. Sheely, Jr., Chief

This volume was based on studies prepared under contract by Prof.
Charles H. McCormick, Fairmont State College, W. Va., and Mrs. Mary
M. Bodnar, Springfield, Va. Also utilized were survey and evaluation
reports prepared by the following National Park Service historians:
Newton P. Bevin, S. Sydney Bradford, Charles E. Hatch, the late John O.
Littleton, Lee H. Nelson, John D. R. Piatt, Carol Ann Poh, Robert C. Post,
Charles E. Shedd, Jr., Horace J. Sheely, Jr., Charles W. Snell, Louis
Torres, and Martin I. Yoelson. These reports were reviewed by the
Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings, and Monu-
ments and the Consulting Committee for the National Survey of Historic
Sites and Buildings. Current members of these groups are listed in the
Acknowledgments. Editorial Assistant Richard E. Dean, Jr., assisted
with various phases of manuscript preparation.

Assistant Editor: James H. Charleton
Photographic Editor: Dorothy Chatfield Buffmire
Designer: Gary Gore

THIS BOOK IS ISSUED AS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
OBSERVANCE OF OUR NATION'S BICENTENNIAL.

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

United States. National Park Service.

Signers of the Constitution: historic places commemorating the signing
of the Constitution

(The National survey of historic sites and buildings, v. 19)

Bibliography: p.

1. United States. Constitution—Signers. 2. Historic sites—
United States—Guide-books. [. Title. II. Series.
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foreword

In the celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States of America, we turn once more to examination and contemplation of our Nation's origins. One of the basic contributions to the strength and character of this country is our Constitution, which provides the framework and guidance for the conduct of our Government. Its creation, ratification, and evolution is one of the thrilling chapters in the history of government, not only in the United States but throughout the world. This charter document and its amendments, particularly the Bill of Rights, mold our governmental system and undergird our liberties.

This volume not only tells the story of the Constitution, recounts the lives of the men who conceived it, and describes the sites and buildings commemorating them, but also outlines the fundamental principles upon which our Nation is based.

Believing as I do that this book will contribute to understanding of what it means to be an American, I heartily recommend it to every citizen.

Thomas S. Kleppe
Secretary of the Interior

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