Constitution Day Celebration -- Thursday, September 17th, 2020

On Thursday afternoon September 17th, 2020, from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m., the George Washington Center for Constitution Studies (GWCCS), the local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Virginia Frontier and Natural Bridge), and the Wesley Center for Religious Freedom, sponsored the 2nd Annual Celebration of the Constitution at the Public Library in Buena Vista, Virginia. The Pledge of Allegiance and a musical duet signing the Star Spangled Banner opened the program.

Speakers included the Buena Vista City Manager, Jay Scudder, who read a Proclamation from BV Mayor Billy Fitzgerald; Ronnie Campbell, a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates; and J. David Gowdy of GWCCS spoke about Benjamin Franklin's speech for adoption of the Constitution on September 17th, 1787, and recited the Preamble. At the conclusion, Rev. Bryon LePere offered a Prayer for our Country:

Community Constitution Classes

Starting on September 8th, Community Constitution Classes are scheduled to resume in Buena Vista using Thomas Jefferson & James Madison’s Guide to Teaching and Understanding the Constitution” on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Classes are held downtown at the George Washington Center for Constitutional Studies (GWCCS), 2271 Sycamore Avenue, Suite B, Buena Vista, Virginia.  The classes are based on how Thomas Jefferson and James Madison said the Constitution should be taught at the opening of the University of Virginia. See  Additional topics discussed are "All Men Are Created Equal," "Federalism and the 17th Amendment," "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution," and other topics related to the principles of the American Founding.

The Basic Constitution Study Outline:

Introduction; John Locke and his “Essay Concerning to True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government”

Algernon Sidney and his “Discourses Concerning Government”

Thomas Jefferson and “The Declaration of Independence”

James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and “The Federalist Papers”:  Part I

“The Federalist Papers”: Part II

George Washington and his “Farewell Address;” Conclusion

Class members who attend will receive a complementary printed and bound copy of the Guide. See:

To register or inquire, email

We hope you can join us.