Lake County Press

IU Northwest to house ‘Freedom: A History of US’ exhibition at campus in February

Visitors will view reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation

Two notable collections of American documents and photographs will be on display in February at Indiana University Northwest. The exhibition entitled, ‘Freedom: A History of US’ will be located on campus in the Savannah Center lobby.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 14, visitors to IU Northwest will be able view reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, manuscript letters from George Washington and Fredrick Douglas, type-written speeches from Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. and more.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Savannah Center lobby.

‘Freedom: A History of US’ is comprised of 48 freestanding panels and divided into several thematic sections including: The Founding Era, Young Republic, The Nation Dividing: The Firebell in the Night, The Union Threatened: The Union Preserved, Emancipation, and Epilogue.

The exhibition documents and illustrates the importance of people and events that trace the evolving principle of freedom from the nation’s founding until 1968. The exhibition also features personal letters, documents and broadsides from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, previously unavailable to the public.

Among the highlights of the panel exhibit are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten notes of speeches and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony and others.

The exhibit will come to a close on Monday, Feb. 28. The Savannah Center is located at 33rd Ave. and Broadway in Gary, Ind.

The exhibition is free of cost and the IU Northwest campus and greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view ‘Freedom: A History of US’.

For more information, please contact Henrietta Moore in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (219) 980-6763 or at