Don't miss a rare opportunity to hold and read printed pieces of historical significance. While one might get a chance to see such works through glass, Trine University and The Remnant Trust are offering visitors a chance to hold and thumb through rare and early edition works.

More than 50 manuscripts, first-edition books and early works on the topics of human dignity and individual liberty from The Remnant Trust in Winona Lake, Ind., are on loan to Trine University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Many pieces in the collection are focused on democracy and America's path to democracy. The collection includes a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of only three in existence and the only one that is available for viewing. Other highlights include the Magna Carta from 1576, third edition of "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, 1776; and a second edition of "Democracy in America" by Alexis tocqueville, 1836.Click here for a complete list of what is available for students and visitors to view and to read, courtesy of The Remnant Trustbased in Winona Lake. Click here for a complete list.

Trine's annual Humanities Symposia will feature free lectures that highlight individual pieces of the collection. The exhibit will be open before and after the hour-long lectures at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The growing collection of more than 1,200 works was started nearly than 15 years ago by Brian Bex, an Indiana University graduate and longtime political commentator. One of the youngest to be listed in "Who's Who in America," many titles apply to Bex: author, lecturer, educator, newspaper columnist, company president, adjunct professor of public policy and television personality.

Mission of the Remnant Trust

The mission of the trust, a public educational foundation, is to elevate the public's understanding of individual liberty and human dignity, raise consciousness of the documents that have shaped America and lift the spirits of each generation to think the grandest thoughts. The trust also focuses on being "the world's finest repository of the great ideas that have propelled man through the centuries from earth to the stars."

For more information about The Remnant Trust, visit


  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  Saturday, April 12.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 25.
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday, through April.
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