Past 2017 Programs
January 24, 2017
Join us for a teacher workshop on the opening day of our new exhibit, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, with special guest presenters Jenny Sweeney from National Archives Fort Worth and Sharon Brannon from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This professional development opportunity will provide educators of grades 5-12 with new ways to connect with the first 10 amendments of the Constitution and engaging activities related to the Bill of Rights that can be utilized in the classroom the next day. 3.5 hours of CPE credit are available for this workshop. Register Here. Cost: $15 (includes a voucher for a future Museum visit) Parking is available for $7 in the Museum lot. [Download a PDF flyer about this workshop] About Amending America This exhibit celebrates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments added to the Constitution of the United States. Visitors will learn about how these amendments came to be and how each protects our citizens. The exhibit is included with admission and will be on display January 24 - March 16, 2017. Amending America: The Bill of Rights was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. The national tour is presented in part by AT&T, History®, Seedlings Foundation and the National Archives Foundation. The Sixth Floor Museum is partnering with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to bring this special exhibit to Dallas.
February 20, 2017
Join us in celebrating the 28th anniversary of The Sixth Floor Museum on Presidents Day with a special program featuring constitutional law expert Professor Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Bloom will examine the creation of the Bill of Rights with special emphasis on the First Amendment in conjunction with the temporary exhibition “Amending America,” on display through March 16. A reception will follow the program. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, as well as administrative editor of the Michigan Law Review, Professor Bloom was law clerk to Chief Justice John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He later was associated with the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. A specialist in constitutional law, he has published articles concerning freedom of speech and the rhetoric of Supreme Court opinions. The Oxford University Press has published Professor Bloom’s book Do Great Cases Make Bad Law? (2014), as well as his previous book Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution (2009). Professor Bloom is also active in the field of copyright.