The Remnant Trust at IPFW

At last evening’s City Council meeting, the above historical personage appeared to invite the City Council to attend the opening of the Remnant Trust at IPFW.  An audio recording is available for download here.

This morning, IPFW Chancellor Michael A. Wartell released details of the opening of the Remnant Trust to members of the press.  Ben Franklin was once again in attendance and he invited Mayor Tom Henry to attend.  Irene Walters was in attendance and answered questions.

IPFW Press Release:

Controversial Documents Showcased in The Remnant Trust at IPFW

Think of all the documents that have changed history – not just American, but world history.  What would you do if you could hold one of them in your hands?  Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will give the public the opportunity to see, touch and read rare documents when The Remnant Trust at IPFW opens Jan. 16, 2008.

The Remnant Trust is an organization based in Jeffersonville, Ind., that makes a world-class collection of first- and early-edition works in original form available to entities such as IPFW.  The Trust is made up of over 900 manuscripts, books, pamphlets, books, and other documents on subjects related to individual liberty and human dignity.  The exhibit at IPFW will include more than 50 of those works, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the Federalist Papers.

The documents showcased in The Remnant Trust at IPFW will be housed in a specially designed space in the Helmke Library from Friday, Jan. 16, through the end of April 2009.  To celebrate the opening, a community read will be held Jan. 16 at noon at the Allen County Courthouse.  Local officials, school children, IPFW administrators, students, staff and faculty, community members, and a few “extra special” guests will join in a unison reading of The Declaration of Independence.  This document is part of the first theme of the exhibit, “The Development of American Character.”  Every two weeks the focus of the exhibit will change and follow these themes: Advancing the Rights of Humanity; The Dark Side of Humanity; Religious Revolutions; Women and Power; Business and Ethics; and Science, Culture, and Society.

There are dozens of events associated with The Remnant Trust at IPFW, including three Omnibus Lectures: Hal Holbrook on Jan. 29, A.J. Jacobs on March 26 and retired U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on April 23.

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