Learn about the Constitution on iTunes U!

It’s almost Constitution Day! This September 17th marks 225 years since the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. At the National Archives we’re commemorating the occasion throughout September with special programs, online media, and learning materials.

If you’re interested in brushing up on your knowledge of the Constitution, try our brand new United States Constitution course on iTunes U.

In it you’ll discover our multi-touch book for iPad – Exploring the United States Constitution – as well as blog posts, articles, videos, documents, and activities in the DocsTeach App for iPad. The course can be accessed for free with the iTunes App for iPad or from

For information about special events and public programs at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, to access teaching and learning resources, and to connect with the National Archives through social media, visit our Constitution Day page.

Hear ye, hear ye, this cake in the shape of Constitution is ready to be served!

In honor of the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, the National Archives served up a special program about the signing of the Constitution and some cake. Each cake was decorated with an edible page of the Constitution.

Look at the line behind the Founding Fathers!

(Photo by Charles Fazio)

Constitution 225: Tweet the Preamble Challenge Results!

In honor of the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, we challenged citizens on Twitter to capture the essence of the 52-word Preamble in just 140 characters. Here’s the winner and some of our favorite entries!

The Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero chose the winner of the “Tweet the Preamble” challenge!:

@JeanHuets: #preamble

We’re getting together to constitute a nation that’s just, peaceful, strong, prosperous and free. Are you in?

A “family portrait” of 225 new American citizens! They had just completed being sworn in front of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building.

To honor the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, 225 petitioners from around the world became U.S. citizens in our annual naturalization ceremony.

This year’s ceremony featured remarks from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and a keynote address by United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The Honorable Royce Lamberth, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, presided over the ceremony.