Historic American Document Collection
The Freedom Shrine is a Collection of 32 Historic United States Documents (1600's to 1900's). These documents serve as windows to America's proud past.
Read the Immortal Words of Inspired Americans who changed the course of U.S. History:
Freedom Shrine's Purpose
The Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train. This train toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of famous "documents of liberty" such as the United States Constitution and Abraham Lincoln'sGettysburg Address. The tour was conceived to give Americans the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of American citizenship. The documents included were carefully chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and the subsequent important United States turning points.
Freedom Shrines Across the World
Thousands of Freedom Shrines have been dedicated throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in universities, libraries, schools, state capitals, city halls and at American outposts scattered throughout the world. The documents have been reproduced and permanently laminated to individual plaques. They are used by teachers, students, and other groups to study American history.
Virtual Freedom Shrine
The Virtual Freedom Shrine on this web site is hosted by the Salem, NH Exchange Club.
What is an Exchange Club?
An Exchange Club is a group of people working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Activities.
Other Fun Web Site Activities
Famous Quotes from the Freedom Shrine documents. Can you identify the QUOTES?
Famous American Faces:
See the famous faces of Americans from the virtual Freedom Shrine. Can you identify the FACES?
(Pictured Above Left) Salem, NH Freedom Shrine at the Kelly Library.
Photo courtesy of Hollie Hill Photography Derry, NH. Click To Enlarge Image.
Local Freedom Shrine Locations:
Kelly Library, 234 Main St., Salem, NH (603) 898-7064.
Salem Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Dr., Salem, NH (603) 890-2110.
- The Mayflower Compact (1620)
- The Declaration of Independence (1776)
- Benjamin Franklin's Epitaph (1776)
- Patrick Henry's Instructions to Clark (1778)
- George Washington's Letter to Nicola (1782)
- The Treaty of Paris (1783)
- The United States Constitution (1787)
- The Bill of Rights (1789)
- The Northwest Ordinance (1787)
- Washington's First Inaugural Address (1789)
- Washington's Farewell Address (1796)
- Jefferson's First Inaugural Address (1801)
- The Star Spangled Banner (1814)
- Andrew Jackson's Letter (1815)
- The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
- The Gettysburg Address (1863)
- The Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
- Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865)
- U.S. Constitution's Thirteenth Amendment (1865)
- Robert E. Lee's Letter (1865)
- Account of Susan B. Anthony's Trial (1874)
- Theodore Roosevelt's Letter on Cuba (1907)
- Woodrow Wilson's First Inaugural Address (1913)
- U.S. Constitution's Nineteenth Amendment (1920)
- Franklin Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" Speech (1941)
- General Eisenhower's Selection as 'Overlord' Commander (1943)
- General McAuliffe's Christmas Message (1944)
- German Instrument of Surrender WWII (1945)
- Japanese Instrument of Surrender WWII (1945)
- John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address (1961)
- Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)
- Ronald Reagan's Speech at Brandenburg Gate (1987)