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Chartering Freedom Opens at Western Heritage Museum

Chartering Freedom Opens at Western Heritage Museum photo 6/6/2018 6:53:43 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Thursday, June 14, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame 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. A free reception will be held for the public Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 through 7:30 p.m.

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.

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 exhibit runs June 14 through October 20.  The exhibition is in conjunction with the exhibition “The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor”, on display June 14 through November 4.

For more information: Darrell Beauchamp, dbeauchamp@nmjc.eduor 575-492-2678.

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