Constitution Day poster

Press Release 8/22/16 (Kent, Connecticut) –In 2005, through an act of Congress, Constitution Day was made an official national holiday, intended to inspire community programs that enlighten its citizens, especially its youth, about the nature of the US Constitution and its application.  Join the Kent Memorial Library in celebration of Constitution Day, Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. In this, a Presidential election year, the Library has chosen to honor the spirit of the Constitution in our own town by exploring the origins and current day form of Kent’s Town Hall form of government and its evolution. The program is entitled “Kent Town Government – DIRECT DEMOCRACY – A Program in Celebration of Constitution Day.”

“The Town Hall is the oldest form of self-government in the U.S. It’s origin dates back to the founding of our country. Since this is an election year, we thought that the day we honor our constitution would be a good time to reengage our youth with the roots of our democracy and participate in much the same way as our founders,” shares Kent Library Association president, Ken Cooper.

First Selectman Bruce Adams will participate in the Program, along with other town officials, members of the Kent Historical Society and local author and educator Peter Vermilyea. Together they will inform us about the history of the Town Hall Form of Government and how it now operates in Kent today. The talks will be followed by a mini Mock Town Hall meeting, complete with the introduction of a mock resolution geared to the interests of our youth.  In so doing, we seek to raise awareness of the importance of participation in Town Hall Meetings and voter registration generally.

There will be tables featuring relevant educational materials on display for purchase or viewing. Kent’s Registrar of Voters will also be registering new voters.

This program is free & open to public. Registration is required due to limited seating. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary.org.