Hurry and see The Remnant Trust at Trine University

Those who are passionate about history or books, or those looking for a chance to hold and examine rare finds, will want to hurry and check out The Remnant Trust collection at Trine University.

Though the works on loan are early, rare or first-edition books and documents, visitors are encourage to hold and read them during exhibit hours. The 50-piece collection focuses on the path of freedom and liberty in the United States.

It's free to see the exhibit, but visitors must act quickly to enjoy the collection before it is returned. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon on these Saturdays: May 17, 24 and 31 and June 7 and 14. The exhibit is located in Wells Gallery, Taylor Hall. To arrange for a tour for a club or organization, contact Dareen McClelland at 260.665.4102 or

Among highlights are:

  • Third edition of "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, 1776;
  • Magna Carta, 1576;
  • "Democracy in America" by Alexis Tocqueville;
  • First English edition of "The History" by Thucydides, 1550; and
  • First edition of "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, 1957.

The collection also includes leaves with illustrations from the first Bible for children and original leaves from the Bible in indigenous and foreign languages. Indigenous languages include Cherokee, Chippewa, Choctaw, Dakota, Eliot Indian, Hawaiian and Mohawk. Foreign languages include Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

During the fall 2013 semester, nearly 1,200 visitors took advantage of a rare opportunity to hold and feel works that typically are not available for viewing let alone to hold in bare hands.

The Remnant Trust, based in Winona Lake, is a growing collection that focuses on human dignity and individual liberty.