Rockwall County Historical Foundation presents ‘Blessings of Liberty’ at Bailey House

UPDATE (September 7, 2020) In conjunction with The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution (a traveling event from Humanities Texas, described below), the community is welcome to enjoy free family-friendly activities in honor of Constitution Day. Join the Rockwall County Historical Foundation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 for crafts and hands-on activities geared towards children of all ages! This come-and-go event is free and will take place at the Rockwall County Historical Foundation museum in Harry Myers Park. 

Explore the U.S. Constitution

ROCKWALL, TX (August 16, 2020) Beginning Sept. 1, the Rockwall County Historical Foundation will present “The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution,” an exhibition prepared for travel by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition examines the document upon which our country was founded: the United States Constitution.  Written to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” the Constitution is short, simple and often ambiguous.  As the blueprint for our nation’s government, it represents a set of beliefs and a way of life.  The exhibition seeks to explain the immense importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government, cryptic though it may seem.

Developed by a national consortium of scholars and institutions, “The Blessings of Liberty” consists of 12 poster panels addressing the transformation of the U.S. from a group of colonies to a nation united by a single document.

A private collection of historic memorabilia of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, drafters of the Constitution, along with Benjamin Franklin, a representative at the Constitution Convention will also be displayed.  Students will have an opportunity to “vote” for their favorite statesman in the exhibit.

The free display will be open to the public at the Bailey House, 903 E. Washington St. in Harry Myers Park Sept. 1-30 during regular Museum hours (Tuesday through Friday 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)  For more information or to arrange group visits, contact Museum Curator at 972-722-1507 or or visit the website at

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films.  Learn more at or 512-440-1991.

Blue Ribbon News staff report. 

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