150 sworn in as America's newest citizens; week of Constitution celebration begins

Image by National Park ServiceImage by 20080917naturalization.jpg The 2006 naturalization ceremony at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

Around 10:30 this morning some 150 people were sworn in as American citizens at the grounds of Charles Pickney's home in Mount Pleasant.

The home of a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution was a fitting site for the naturalization ceremony and Constitution Week which runs through Tuesday, September 23.

The ceremony was part of a national event in which more than 39,000 people will become citizens.

Here's a rundown of what's going on the rest of the week:
Two days of living history are scheduled on Friday & Saturday, September 19 and 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Watch craftsmen in period dress demonstrate rice-pounding, indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing and brick masonry. Visitors can participate in a game of historic cricket. Also included are Revolutionary War soldiers, 18th century music, sweetgrass basket sewing, quilting, African drumming, Gullah story-telling and a visit from Eliza Lucas Pinckney.

Throughout the week visitors may take part in the "I Signed the Constitution" program, signing a scroll that will be sent to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the city where Charles Pinckney and 38 other delegates signed the world-changing document on September 17, 1787.

All events are free. For more information or group reservations, please call the park at (843) 881-5516.

Thanks NBC News 2 for tipping us off.

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