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For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 05, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau Commemorates Constitution Day

Press Release Number CB19-138


Census Officials to Provide 2020 Census Updates Host Interactive Exhibit at the National Constitution Center


As part of a day-long event in Philadelphia, the U.S. Census Bureau will commemorate its Constitutional role to count every person living in the U.S.

On Constitution Day, the Census Bureau will hold a news conference in the Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center to update the members of the media on the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau will highlight the status of address canvassing, national hiring efforts and the integrated partnership and communication campaign.

The celebration will also include a historical exhibit at the National Constitution Center titled “Shape Your Future: A Census Experience.” The exhibit, geared toward thousands of middle- and high school students and their teachers, will feature:

  • A display of artifacts from each of the 23 previous decennial censuses.
  • Interactive opportunities for students to envision where they may live in the future and to vote for benefits from the census that might be most important to them (i.e. funding of roads, schools, healthcare or public safety)
  • A photo booth experience to remind students and their parents that they need to be counted in the 2020 Census.
  • Educational resources for teachers from the Statistics in Schools program.

Census Bureau officials will also participate in the “Constitution’s Birthday Party” hosted by the National Constitution Center, featuring a birthday cake and special appearances by “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln.”


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT 
News Conference and Media Q&A
The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center and Live Webcast

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Exhibit: Shape Your Future: A Census Experience
National Constitution Center


The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center
599 Market Street, Mezzanine Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Dr. Steven Dillingham, director, U.S. Census Bureau
Fernando Armstrong, Philadelphia regional director, U.S. Census Bureau
Stephanie Reid, executive director, Philly Counts 2020 

Photo Opportunities:

10:30 a.m. EDT
News Conference

12:00 p.m. EDT
Constitution Birthday Cake
National Constitution Center

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Shape Your Future: A Census Experience (exhibit)
National Constitution Center 


RSVP: Members of the media who want to attend the news conference in person can register by emailing pio@census.gov. To view the webcast, please RSVP via Eventbrite (click here).

Access: Members of the public and the media are invited to watch the news conference live at www.census.gov/newsroom/census-live.html.

Online Press Kit: Event materials will be posted online shortly after the event begins and can be accessed by visiting the Census Bureau Newsroom.

Media interested in an interview can contact the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at pio@census.gov or 301-763-3030.

Connect with us on social media: @uscensusbureau, #2020Census.



Public Information Office



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