The National Constitution Center in Center City Philadelphia provides a unique offering on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and it’s all good. The center’s free event celebrates the launch of a new blog, “Constitution Daily.” Visitors can play State of the Union bingo while President Barack Obama makes his defining speech to the U.S. Congress and the world.
Bingo cards contain words or phrases the president might say during his speech, such as civility, healthcare, economy, etc. Or, visitors can fill in blank cards with their own choice of words. As the speech takes place, viewers must listen closely for words matching the ones on their cards. Indeed, shouts of “Bingo” will ring out, and winners will receive a year membership to the National Constitution Center.
Also, the audience can key in reactions to Obama’s speech on the Meridia Audience Response Systems. A large screen will track the results.
The State of the Union address begins at 9 p.m., but the fun kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Regular interactive exhibits are open for touring, and add to them special programming: “Constitutional Quizzo;” “Lurid Lives of the Founding Fathers” tour of Signer’s Hall, highlighting the secrets and scandals of the signers of the Constitution; and an interactive program featuring the history of the State of the Union. The Center’s donkey and elephant mascots will keep the evening lively, along with light fare and a cash bar stimulating the taste buds.
People at home can join the fun by downloading bingo cards from www.constitutioncenter.org and experience coverage of the speech at the center’s new blog; just log on http://blog.constitutioncenter.org.
The National Constitution Center is located at 525 Arch Street on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. It relates the story of the Constitution from revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. “Art of the American Soldier,” a special exhibit displaying art created by American soldiers on the front lines continues through March 31.
All these dramatic exhibits are introduced by the award-winning theatrical performance, “Freedom Rising.”
As previously mentioned, the “Constitution Daily” blog kicks off with this night of fun, but the blog claims additional bragging rights according to David Eisner, president and CEO of the center. “No online site will have better experts, stronger analysis, or more timely insights on the increasingly critical role the Constitution plays in public discourse than our blog, Constitution Daily,” stated Eisner. “And the best part is that our 21st century format will create a public forum where anyone can engage in a meaningul conversation about constitutional issues.”
For more information call 215.409.6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org.
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