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This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:

  • Emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
  • Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
  • Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.


In 2021 the Chief Taughannock Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) teamed up with the Ninian Chamberlain Society, National Society Children of the American Revolution (NSCAR), The History Center in Tompkins County, and Perry Ground, Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation to share the Haudenosaunee Influences on American Democracy. The 7-day mini includes seven videos and features NSCAR members learning and sharing more about the beginnings of America's democracy, particularly as it is captured in the Constitution and as it was influenced by the Haudenosaunee.


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Long-Format Video


The History Center in Tompkins County and all of our programs occur on the traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ ˀ Nation (Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (sometimes called the Iroquois Confederacy). It is important for each of us to understand the long-standing history that has brought us to reside on this land and to seek to understand our place within that history, including the history of forced relocation and disenfranchisement experienced by the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ (Cayuga) who remain a sovereign nation and continue the stewardship of their traditional lands to this day.

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Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Territory


Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-6pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

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