The struggle for freedom in America has shaped every aspect of our country since its inception, and continues today in many ways unforeseen by our nation’s founders. The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit will be supplemented with materials related to Elmhurst including a 1924 KKK rally flyer on loan from the National Park Service, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery
Hours: Sun, Tues-Fri 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.