McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum Celebrates Opening with Special Events

New Museum Launches With Activities for the Entire Family

CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate its public grand opening, the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum will host daily events beginning Tuesday, April 11 — the day the museum opens its doors for the first time — through Monday, April 17. The Freedom Museum invites the public to explore Chicago’s newest cultural institution, listen to special guest speakers, participate in fun freedom-related activities, test their freedom knowledge and much more.

“We encourage the public to be a part of history by joining us in the opening of the nation’s first museum dedicated to freedom and the First Amendment,” said Dave Anderson, executive director, McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum. “Visitors will experience freedom like never before through the Freedom Museum’s unique and stimulating interactive exhibits and special programming.”

The Freedom Museum offers highly interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to make choices, express their opinions, compare viewpoints and even become a part of an exhibit by recording their thoughts on freedom for all to see and hear. A thrust on contemporary issues enables visitors to better relate to freedom topics.

Some of the grand opening activities include:

— Making of a Museum with Linda Monk (April 13, 3 p.m.)
How do you condense three centuries of democracy into an exhibit?
Constitutional scholar and Freedom Museum lead curator Linda Monk
speaks about her experience researching and curating the museum’s
permanent exhibit. One of the nation’s foremost authors of student
Constitutional texts, Monk speaks on the need for First Amendment
education and the unique challenges of curating the exhibit.

— Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 2 p.m.)
Hear the stirring and eloquent words of one of our nation’s most
important leaders. Nationally acclaimed Lincoln interpreter Michael
Krebs delivers a unique and powerful serenade speech that combines
some of the leader’s most inspirational words. Krebs, who has
performed as Lincoln on the History Channel and C-Span, as well as for
numerous museums and schools, will deliver his presentation on April
14 — the 141st anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

— Civil Rights Stories with Linda Gorham (April 15, 1 p.m.)
Dynamic and exciting storyteller Linda Gorham energizes her audiences
by using movement, humor and sometimes zaniness as she tells
imaginative multicultural folktales updated with “attitude.” Gorham
will present three inspirational stories of people who struggled for
freedom including Harriet Tubman, Ruby Ridges and the Little Rock
Nine.

— Reggie Ezell, Calligraphy and Quill Making Demonstration (April 13 and
15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
The words of our founding documents are not only some of the most
inspirational to read, but also some of the most beautiful to see.
Discover the ancient art of calligraphy with artist Reggie Ezell.
Watch the artist cut pen quills. Touch historic papers and vellum. Use
a quill and try your hand at calligraphy.

— Voter Registration, Chicago League of Women Voters (April 11 and 15,
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Volunteers from the League of Women Voters will be on hand all day to
help individuals become active citizens. Learn about the candidates
and issues for the 2006 elections, find your ward and precinct and
register to vote.

Family Friendly Activities (April 11 to 17 — see Web site for specific dates and times)

— Button Making. Speak your mind without saying a word by creating your
own button. Explore ways individuals have expressed themselves through
non-verbal communication.

— Presidential Paper Puppets. Use your creativity and make a puppet of
your favorite American leader.

— Civil War Soldier’s Life. What was it like to be a soldier during the
Civil War? Discover the many things that soldiers carried with them
into battle. Try on Union and Confederate uniforms. Touch historic
objects and hear about camp life.

“These special events for our opening week are great examples of how the Freedom Museum will be an active and committed member of the Chicagoland community,” Anderson said.

The Freedom Museum officially opens to the public on Tuesday, April 11 at 1 p.m. Grand opening events and activities are free with $5 admission to the museum. For a complete grand opening events schedule, please visit http://www.freedommuseum.us/ .

About the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum

The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum inspires generations to better understand, value and protect freedom. Through interactive exploration, visitors gain a greater understanding of the struggle for freedom in the United States and the role the First Amendment plays in society. The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum is part of the McCormick Tribune Foundation team, which also includes the Robert R. McCormick Museum, Cantigny Park and Golf, the Cantigny First Division Foundation and five grant making programs.

A focus on children, communities and country binds the Foundation and its many parts and keeps us true to our mission of advancing the ideals of a free and democratic society. To learn more, please visit http://www.mccormicktribune.org/ .

Web sites: http://www.FreedomMuseum.US

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