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From the Fundamental Orders of 1639 to the current state constitution passed in 1965, “The Constitution State” has had many different documents serve as the basis of our state government. But what constitutes a constitution? The Connecticut Democracy Center invites the public to explore the concept of “constitution” through a look back at Connecticut’s constitutional history on December 3rd from 10 a.m. – noon at Connecticut’s Old State House.

“The Connecticut Democracy Center’s ENCOUNTERS series provides a unique forum for respectful and challenging dialogue where Connecticut residents can collaboratively explore critical and fascinating questions about our history and present-day civics,” said Mariana N. García de la Noceda, Public Programs and Exhibitions Manager for The Connecticut Democracy Center. “Constitutions define powers and limits of elected officials, establish how new laws are made and list the basic rights of all citizens. They are a critical component of our society’s framework, as well as our everyday life.”

The ENCOUTERS series provides a deep dive into subjects—such as constitutions— through facilitated, small-group dialogues, followed by a question-and-answer-style conversation with UConn faculty and community partners. Resources are provided beforehand to encourage informed and informal dialogue.

ENCOUNTERS: The Connecticut Constitution is free to attend. Registration is encouraged, but not required. You can register by visiting and clicking on “Events.” Refreshments and appetizers will be available.

About the Connecticut Democracy Center

The Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) provides people with a lifetime pathway to active citizenship and the tools to take civic action in their own communities. Complimented and augmented by our independent initiatives—including CT-N, Connecticut’s Old State House, Connecticut History Day and Connecticut’s Kid Governor®️—the CTDC envisions a society where everyone is empowered to participate in our democracy. You can learn more about the CTDC, get involved or support the mission by visiting [] and engaging with the CTDC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.