Freedom: A History of US

Public library hosts exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library is hosting “Freedom: A History of US,” a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, on display during the month of May 2022.

“Freedom: A History of US” invites the modern-day viewer into the lives of the men and women who forged this nation, whether they arrived in this land by choice or in chains. Their words and
images provide insight into the complexity of the past. Documents and photographs from the Civil War, a pivotal period in the nation’s history, will illustrate how Americans succeeded in redefining the meaning of freedom.

The exhibition was originally developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2003. In 2018, Gilder Lehrman updated and reformatted the exhibition. The documents and images in the exhibition are drawn primarily from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

This exhibition is open to the public and available for viewing during regular operating hours at the Grants Pass branch on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

“Freedom: A History of US” is part of the Everyday Civics program: Simple steps to a stronger community. This program is sponsored in part by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Oregon Pacific Financial Advisors. To learn more about the Everyday Civics program and related events, visit

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