Freedom Shrine

Freedom Shrine

Historic American Document Collection


Freedom Shrine’s Purpose

The Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train. This train toured the nation in 1947carrying an exhibit of famous “documents of liberty” such as the United States Constitutionand Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg 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

Historical Brainteasers:
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 Kelley Library.

Local Freedom Shrine Locations Include:
Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, NH (603) 898-7064.
Salem Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Dr., Salem, NH (603) 890-2110.
Canobie Lake Park, North Policy St., Salem, NH (603) 893-3506.
Salem Boys & Girls Club, 3Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH (603) 898-7709.