For Immediate Release

June 24, 2019

Contact: Laura Rager

260.982.0672 or


North Manchester Center for History Will Host IHS’s Traveling Exhibit Freedom: A History of US


North Manchester, Ind.—North Manchester Center for History will host Freedom: A History of US, one of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS's) traveling exhibits, from July 11 – August 16, 2019. The exhibit, which includes notable collections of American documents and photographs, will be on display at the Center for History located at 122 E Main Street, North Manchester.


Visitors to Freedom: A History of US can view personal letters, documents and broadsides from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The collection, widely considered one of the nation's great archives in the Revolutionary, antebellum and Civil War periods, was previously unavailable to the public.


Other highlights of the panel exhibit include 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.


With generous support from GE, six traveling Freedom exhibits toured 20 U.S. cities in 2003. After the tour ended, IHS was chosen as the permanent home for one of the traveling exhibits.


For more information about this exhibit, call 260-982-0672 or email


About IHS Traveling Exhibitions

Historical societies, museums, libraries, schools and other nonprofit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at or (317) 233-3110. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit


About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.