American Creed

american creed


Liverpool Public Library is one of 50 libraries nationwide to receive an American Creed: Community Conversations grant. 

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different backgrounds, life experiences and points of view to explore the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

American Creed premiered in February 2018 and was one of the most widely carried PBS documentaries of the year. The documentary relaunched in November 2018, followed by an all-new short film featuring teenagers whose perspectives on American ideals and identity have been influenced by seeing the documentary. You can watch American Creed online here or on May 23 at 6:30pm at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the film’s launch marked the beginning of a public engagement campaign including community conversations, classroom activities and local storytelling in cities and towns across the country — all designed to foster a bold national conversation about American ideals and identity.

Liverpool Public Library's programming includes:

Immigration Past and Present
Thursday, April 11 • 6:30pm • Fay Golden Reading Room 

Village Historian Dorianne Gutierrez will journey into the past, looking at who immigrated to Liverpool and why. Daryl Files of Interfaith Works of CNY will discuss current immigration in Syracuse and how they assist the immigrant and refugee population.


Living Room Conversations: The American Dream
Monday, April 22 • 6:30pm • Fay Golden Reading Room

WCNY’s Debbie Stack leads the conversation asking about what it means to be an American, what an ideal America looks like, and how citizens can create the America they envision. We’ll look at some of our founding documents and ponder what the founders had in mind and how these ideas can be applied today.


Jim Farfaglia presents his book "Nestle in Fulton: How Sweet It Was" 
Thursday, May 16, 2019 • 7pm • Runnings on Route 31, Clay

Jim Farfaglia will discuss his book Nestlé in Fulton New York: How Sweet It Was. The Swiss company that once employed 1500 workers closed its doors in 2003. How has this move away from manufacturing impacted the identity of CNY’s economy?


Viewing and Discussion of American Creed documentary w/Tom Henry
Tuesday, May 23, 2019 • 6:30pm - Baldwinsville Public Library 

Following a viewing of the American Creed documentary, Tom Henry will lead us in a discussion considering what America’s ideals and identity ought to be.


Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room Supply Drive
May 25-June 14 • ongoing

Support our military by donating single serving, individually wrapped food or personal items. A list of items is available on, at or in the library. 


Multicultural and Diversity Celebration
Tuesday, June 18 • 6pm

Johnson Park across from the library Celebrate the diverse cultural expressions in our own backyards! Meet people from all walks of life, nationalities and religions. Demos, interactive activities and conversations will open doors to knowledge and understanding.  


Sworn Again Ceremony
June 29 • 9:30-11:30am • Onondaga Lake Park Salt Museum

What would it be like for long-standing citizens and Americans new and old to become more engaged in civic life, more connected to people from all walks of life, more grateful for the opportunities and freedoms that come with citizenship? We will hold a Sworn-Again America ceremony complete with oath every 15 minutes. The library book bike and staff will be there with patriotic music, history and civic books and giveaways.


Facebook participation:

Six questions will be posted at intervals throughout the duration of program on the LPL Facebook page.

Everybody is encouraged to thoughtfully answer each question on Facebook.

We ask that comments adhere to the spirit of Community Conversations. Please remain respectful and relevant to the topic at hand. Posts deemed offensive, intimidating, hostile or abusive will not be tolerated and will be removed from the discussion.


American Creed:
Community Conversations will support events in public libraries—trusted institutions that value intellectual freedom, welcome diverse viewpoints, and seek to serve the public good—that explore how community and family histories can color how we think about American ideals. The goal of the project is to build "shared understanding of America's civic inheritance" seeking—rather than less partisanship—"better partisanship, by a more engaged and informed citizenry ... by partisans who are willing to engage with people who think and feel differently." American Creed: Community Conversations is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). As with all programs funded by NEH, discussions organized as part of American Creed: Community Conversations should be characterized by an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse. Specifically, they should be conducted without partisan advocacy; respectful of divergent views; free of ad hominem commentary; and devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, or racial bias. NEH does not fund programs designed to persuade audiences of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view, or projects that advocate a particular program of social or political action. The American Creed grant is a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), Citizen Film and the National Writing Project.