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September 12, 2019


California State Archives to Host Rare Display of the Original 1849 California Constitution at the California Museum

SACRAMENTO, CA - Ahead of Constitution Day, the California State Archives will host a rare public display of both the English and Spanish versions of the original 1849 California Constitution at the California Museum on September 16, 2019. This is the first time that the 1849 California Constitution will be on public display since September 2015.

“The original English and Spanish versions of the 1849 Constitutions are truly treasures of the State Archives—and they deserve to be celebrated and enjoyed by Californians,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “As steward of the California State Archives, I have made it a priority to expand the access of the Archives to all Californians. I hope Californians can take in this foundational piece of state history as they make history of their own.”

The California Museum will be offering free admission to view the 1849 California Constitution and all current exhibits. “Constitution Day” at the California Museum will mark the annual federal holiday commemorating the U.S. Constitution’s 1787 signing.

*Media wishing to film the Constitution must RSVP to


California State Archives 1849 California Constitution Display


Monday, September 16, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


California Museum - Maria Shriver Gallery
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Secretary Padilla
Sam Mahood, (916) 653-6575

California Museum
Brenna Hamilton, (916) 651-0934


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