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The Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train, which toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of 32 famous "documents of liberty." These documents, including the United States Constitution and the Gettysburg Address were carefully chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and the subsequent important turning points in United States history. The Freedom Shrine documents serve as windows to America's proud past.

Over the next two years, CCPL will display all of the Freedom Shrine documents throughout the branches, and will offer book displays, book discussions, lectures and learning activities that will highlight the important role these documents have played in our history.

Freedom Shrine Upcoming Programs

    Please check back for future programs

Document Exhibition Timeline

All documents are available in full text at the Freedom Shrine site.

September – November, 2014

  • Patrick Henry's Instructions to Clark (1778)
  • George Washington's Letter to Col. Nicola (1782)
  • The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
  • Japanese Intent to Surrender WWII (1945)

December – January, 2015

  • Andrew Jackson's Letter (1815)
  • U.S. Constitution's Nineteenth Amendment (1920)
  • General Eisenhower's Selection as Supreme Commander of Overlord (1943)