Federal Hall National Memorial is a place of firsts, the authentic site where history actually happened, where the American Founders convened to deliberate and decipher the most pressing issues of their time.
In 527 days, the consensus establishing the United States of America, our revolutionary new form of representative government, began at Federal Hall in New York City, the nation’s First Capital under the Constitution.
Here, the First Congress met and inaugurated the First President setting the benchmark for its most prolific sessions in history. Here, among its greatest accomplishments was the drafting of our First Freedoms, a declaration of individual rights celebrated today as the Bill of Rights, establishing America as the world’s most enduring democracy.
The conversations of our Founders continue – in different contexts and disparate dialogues, storied in the evolution, as we continue to strive towards a more perfect Union.
As we approach the 250th birthday of our nation, our aspirations are simple and auspicious: for millions of visitors to emerge transformed by their experience, inspired by the Founders’ struggle to reconcile the ideals and imperfections of our democracy, more confident that the government established here will survive and, through the enlightened civic engagement of the American people, fulfill its destiny as a civil, just, and vibrant society.