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Freedom Shrine photo exhibits planned at two Carroll buildings

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Carroll County commissioners are planning to put the nation's history on display in Westminster.

The commissioners will place Freedom Shrines -- photographic reproductions of 28 historic United States documents -- in the courthouse annex and the County Office Building.

A dedication ceremony is expected in February.

"This is a wonderful display for people to look at," said Steven D. Powell, county budget director. "It gives them an opportunity to review our nation's history."

The photographic reproductions are the result of the Freedom Shrine Project, which was conceived in the educational department of the Ohio-based National Exchange Club, a nonprofit service organization.

The group's primary objective is to preserve the principles on which the nation was founded.

Included among the documents of the Freedom Shrine are the Declaration of Independence, President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, "The Star-Spangled Banner" and President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

Each Freedom Shrine costs $800.

Corporate sponsors have provided funding for Carroll's two shrines.

Since the project's inception in 1949, Freedom Shrines have been placed in thousands of schools and other public and private buildings throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Pub Date: 12/30/98

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