Friday, June 22, 2018

Art Center and Summit Free Public Library Present Morgan O’Hara: Handwriting the Constitution


Morgan O’Hara: Handwriting the Constitution

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, from 4–7 PM
WHERE: The Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ, 07901.
All are invited to participate!

On Inauguration Day in January 2017, Morgan O’Hara sat in the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library and began to copy the United States Constitution by hand (above). Soon, others joined her, and by the end of her session, seven additional people had participated. She has held sessions every month since, with new people contributing each time. “Hand copying a document can produce an intimate connection to the text and its meaning,” said O’Hara. “The hand writer may discover things about this document that they never knew, a passage that challenges or moves them. They may even leave with a deeper connection to the founders and the country, or even a sense of encouragement. It is important for us to become more intensely aware of our rights as citizens so that, should history begin to impinge upon these rights, we will recognize what is happening in time to act.”

For more information, visit the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey at and the Summit Free Public Library at To set up a handwriting session, visit or email to

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