For Immediate Release: 27 December 2016
Chartering Freedom Exhibit Opening at the SAR
Louisville, Kentucky: On Tuesday, 24 January 2017, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will open a new exhibition, Chartering Freedom. The documents reproduced in this exhibition chronicle the creation of the Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and their impact on events in this country and around the world. They reveal the story of earlier generations of Americans who had both the vision to see a better world and the audacity to build it. The exhibit runs through Friday, 17 March 2017.
The simple truth at the heart of the American Revolution is that people are born with certain natural rights, including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." These and other rights of the American people are secured by this nation's founding documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom. The exhibition features reproductions of the Charters of Freedom and other milestone documents that chronicle the conception, creation, and implementation of the Founding Fathers' vision. An early original copy of the Articles of Association of the Continental Congress signed on October 20, 1774, will be featured alongside the Chartering Freedom exhibit. This concluding page of this founding document bears the signature of Washington and many other notable historical American figures and will be uniquely displayed by the SAR for a limited time. The SAR will also publicly exhibit a selection of its own Revolutionary War era artifacts and Washingtonian relics.
The SAR is delighted to announce that it will be collaborating with its fellow Museum Row neighbors during this Chartering Freedom exhibit period in downtown Louisville. The Frazier History Museum's Declaring Your Independence program will help students and museumgoers make their own connections and conclusions about this tumultuous time in American history. Students will act out the historical situations re-imagined as modern-day scenarios and view colonial-themed live performances. The Kentucky Science Center will feature the documentary We the People on the Center's giant screen, telling the story of America's founding documents and the people who wrote, shaped, and tested them. The places, figures, and tenets of the Revolutionary War era will come to life through powerful, scholarly, and inspirational storytelling.
Chartering Freedom was created by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). NATES offers affordable traveling exhibits for museums, libraries, historic sites, and cultural centers that engage and inspire diverse audiences. These exhibits draw from the holdings of the National Archives - a national network of Federal archives, Presidential libraries, and records centers. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORY®, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.
The SAR Headquarters and the Genealogical Research Library are open Monday through Friday from 9:30AM until 4:30PM, and every third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM. Educators and individuals interested in learning more about tour scheduling, group pricing, and more should contact Ms. Colleen Wilson, the SAR Center Director, by telephone at (502) 588-6129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SAR is proud to be a part of such a worthwhile and valuable Louisville community partnership and to have the opportunity to showcase our nation's founding documents through the Chartering Freedoms traveling exhibit.
About the SAR: Located along Main Street's Museum Row in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, the SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, and the value of American citizenship. The SAR has over 535 local chapters across the country and abroad. For more information, please continue to review the SAR website and reach out to your local SAR chapter.
Ms. Colleen Wilson
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
809 West Main Street; Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2619