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Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum from the Remnant Trust

(West Entrance Foyer, Mullins Library)

Remnant Trust sealThis exhibit of rare books and materials from the Remnant Trust represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to view—and handle—extremely rare materials, ranging from a cuneiform tablet dating to 2200 B. C. to the first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.

The Remnant Trust exists to elevate educational standards and the public’s understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through the precedent setting, hands on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form. Believing that great ideas belong to everyone, the Remnant Trust makes available a world class collection of manuscripts, first and early edition works in original form. Collections of this magnitude and quality are found deep in the archives of prestigious institutions, under lock and key and accessible only to a privileged few. By contrast, the Remnant Trust’s vision is to provide the opportunity for individuals to hold, examine, read and discuss manuscripts, first and early editions of such works as the Declaration of Independence, The Magna Carta, The Federalist Papers, Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Aristotle, Marx, Smith, and many more. The Remnant Trust is a place where everyone from scholars to school age children can handle, read, and learn from the wisdom contained in these works, ideas that span over 2500 years. Additionally segments of the collection are loaned to universities, colleges, secondary schools, and other venues to host multi-disciplinary exhibits and provide access to those unable to travel to the collection located in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Staff will be "on call" to open the cases Monday - Friday from 10 - 11 a.m. and from 2 - 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 2 - 3 p.m. Just ask at the main information desk on the lobby level of Mullins Library, and staff will be called to assist you in looking at the books. In addition, faculty members can bring classes to the library at other times and take books out of the case. To schedule a time, contact contact Molly Boyd at 575-2962 or

Visit the LibGuide to see the list of works included in the exhibit, and visit the Libraries' events page to browse a series of lectures that will focus on specific works in the exhibit.

Last updated: September 7, 2011