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Freedom's Journey Begins with Colonial Opening

For Release: August 16, 2002
College Station, TX - The latest exhibit to be featured at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open on a historical note this Thursday in an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Gary Milan, who contributed a majority of the artifacts appearing in Freedom's Journey from his own collection, will be on hand for the occasion in order to speak with the media and mingle with the crowd.

Also appearing for the ceremony will be Dr. Ronald Schorn and his wife Marcia, who will each don authentic colonial apparel to perform the ribbon cutting as well as appear for the Bush Museum Storytellers Guild at 1:30 p.m.

Although the Museum is holding its grand opening ceremony on August 15, Freedom's Journey will be open to the general public on Wednesday, August 14 during regular business hours.

Freedom's Journey features a myriad of written records, portraits and artifacts, all of which trace the ideals of republican government back to its historical roots. The items on display recount the powerful story of America's tireless struggle to become a nation of liberty. The ultimate representation of this epic struggle and the significance behind our forefathers' efforts lie in powerful proclamations of the Declaration of Independence.

Freedom's Journey will take visitors from the Stamp Act and Boston Tea Party to the grim days of Valley Forge and beyond through displays of documents, period weapons, engravings, paintings, and replica uniforms and flags.

Included in the exhibit's collection are: a 1749 entry from Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack, the last remaining original announcement of the Boston Tea Party, a 1776 edition of Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the sash worn by John Hancock in the Revolutionary War and a broadside copy of the 1836 Republic of Texas Declaration of Independence.

Funding for Freedom's Journey was provided by grants from MBNA, the Annenberg Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Wells Fargo Bank and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Freedom's Journey will remain on display until January 5, 2003. It is the latest in a series of exhibits featured at the Bush Museum to focus on the legacy of American history. Previous exhibits include Stripes and Stars, The White House in Miniature and Fathers and Sons.
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