The Freedom Shrine
The Freedom Shrine is an impressive, permanently mounted collection of 30 of the most important and historic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address. These remarkable documents serve as windows to the world of America’s proud past. They show our nation's youth the strength and courage of their forefathers by allowing them to read, with their own eyes, the immortal words of inspired Americans who so decisively changed the course of history.
The objective of Exchange is to install a Freedom Shrine in every junior and senior high school in the nation. However, Freedom Shrines have also found places of honor in universities, libraries, state capitols, airports, city halls and other public places where they can be studied and admired.
While Freedom Shrines may be presented at any time of the year, Exchange Clubs are especially urged to conduct at least one presentation during the month of May—Freedom Shrine Month. For more information on the Freedom Shrine, visit the Virtual Freedom Shrine Web site. For purchasing information see the Exchange Marketplace.
An outstanding companion to the Freedom Shrine is the Milestones of Freedom program. Consisting of special quizzes based on the Freedom Shrine documents, the program encourages youngsters to gain a deeper understanding of these documents and their importance in the development of the American way of life. The Milestones of Freedom program is conducted in cooperation with local schools. Students posting the top scores are presented with distinctive Liberty Bell Medallion awards by the sponsoring Exchange Club.
We provide this collection of 30 historical American documents to at least one school or public facility each year.
- The Thirteenth Amendment
- The Nineteenth Amendment
- The Bill of Rights
- The Constitution of the United States
- Theodore Roosevelt Letter on Cuba
- The Declaration of Independence
- Selection of General Eisenhower as supreme commander of Overlord
- The Emancipation Proclamation
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Address
- Benjamin Franklin’s Epitaph
- The German instrument of surrender
- Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
- Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech
- Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address
- John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address
- Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
- The Mayflower Compact
- McAuliffe’s Christmas Message
- The Monroe Doctrine
- Jackson’s letter describing the Battle of New Orleans
- The Northwest Ordinance
- The Paris Peace Treaty
- Patrick Henry’s Instructions to George Rogers Clark
- Robert E. Lee’s letter accepting the presidency of Washington College
- The Star Spangled Banner
- Susan B. Anthony
- George Washington’ First Inaugural Address
- Washington’s Farewell Address
- Woodrow Wilson’s First Inaugural Address
• Exchange is known to millions as America’s Service Club, and with good reason •