Colorado State Archives loans original constitution for public display at judicial center
Denver — Monday, April 29, 2013 — The Colorado State Archives is loaning the original copy of the state constitution to the Colorado Judicial Department for its May 2, 2013 dedication of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. The document will remain on public display in the building’s new law library following the dedication ceremony.
“State Archives is excited about sharing Colorado’s historic treasures with the public whenever and however it can,” said State Archivist George Orlowski. “Being able to view the original document that outlines the framework of state government in the midst of the new modern-day judicial center will be truly awe inspiring. We appreciate the partnership we have forged with the Judicial Department to allow us to share the constitution with as many people as possible.”
The constitution will be delivered from State Archives, at 1313 Sherman St., to the Judicial Center via armed escort on Monday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. and secured in a locked display in the law library where it will remain for approximately one year. Visitors to the building are welcome to view the constitution along with the other materials available in the law library. Those wishing to view the constitution do not have to have other business in the building to access the law library.
“We are honored to be able to house – even for just a short time – our state’s original Constitution among all the other symbols and items in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center that serve as reminders of our privilege and responsibility to uphold the rule of law,” said Dan Cordova, librarian of the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library. “We’re grateful to DPA for bringing it here so we could make it part of our celebration of the dedication of this new home to Colorado’s Judicial Branch.”
Orlowski reminds visitors, researchers, teachers and those interested in state history that the Colorado State Archives, part of the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, is home to many interesting and rare government documents dating to before Colorado statehood. “We seldom get an opportunity to get these rare documents in front of a large audience. The public display of the original constitution is a fantastic opportunity for any Colorado history buff.”
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