The Needham Exchange Club is pleased to announce the recent dedication of a Freedom Shrine at the Mitchell School.
The Freedom Shrine is a collection of original historic American documents photographically reproduced and displayed in thousands of locations throughout the country. The Needham Exchange Club donated this Freedom Shrine to the Mitchell School, and speaking at the dedication were Needham Exchange Club President Michael Taggart, Select Board member and past president of the Exchange Club Moe Handel, Mitchell School principal Greg Bayse, and Needham School Superintendent Dr. Dan Gutekanst. In attendance also were Exchange Club members Ann Cosgrove, Chris Kent and Cynthia Chaston, as well as several students from the Mitchell School.
Developed by the National Exchange Club, the Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train that toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of historic documents. The National Exchange Club Freedom Shrine includes nineteen of the original documents from Freedom Train exhibit, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Gettysburg Address and the Nineteenth Amendment, just to name a few.
The Mayflower Compact and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” have additionally been included in the Mitchell School Freedom Shrine, at the request of the school principal and teachers. The Mitchell School plans to use the Freedom Shrine in its school curriculum.