Archive for September 17th, 2009

Constitution Day

September 17, 2009

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

While July 4, 1776 is the birthday of our country, September 17th is the birthday of the government of the United States of America.

On this day in 1787, the Constitution was signed by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

The Constitutional Convention took place in the Pennsylvania State House, what is now known as Independence Hall.  They met to amend the Articles of Confederation, but soon realized that a completely new approach for a national government organization was necessary.

Ratification was a major problem and didn’t happen until states were promised that a strong bill of rights would also be adopted.    Delaware was the first state to ratify and New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify, on June 21, 1788.

The story of how the Constitution was drafted and ratified is here.

Celebrate this day by reading the Constitution here.

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Postcrossing

September 17, 2009

My daughter told me about Postcrossing.  Sounded like an interesting activity.  The project’s goal is ” to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.”

We signed up, got 5 addresses (Minnesota, England, Australia, Czech Republic, and Finland), and mailed off 5 postcards.  We just got notified that 2 of the cards have arrived, so we will now placed on the “Send a Postcard” list.

Now it’s time to send off a couple more postcards.  And to wait to see where our postcard will come from.  I’ll keep you updated on the progress.