The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul will exhibit rare copies of the U.S. Constitution and a draft of the Bill of Rights from April 3 to July 4.
Officials say the original printed copy of the Constitution from 1787 is one of only eight still existing. The 1789 draft of the Bill of Rights has 17 amendments, but Congress eventually reduced the number to 12 and 10 of them were ratified by the states as the Bill of Rights.
Also to be displayed in the exhibit will be original copies of the two Minnesota state constitutions.
The Constitution and Bill of rights will be lent to the Historical Society by the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation. The exhibit is made possible by Legacy Amendment funding.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who helped arrange for the displays, said, “Seeing what is arguably the most celebrated document in our American history in a year when Minnesotans will go to the polls, is in itself a historic opportunity.”