HAMMOND | An Indiana Historical Society exhibit charting the evolving principles of freedom in America will be a part of a Northwest Indiana Civil War exhibition set for April at the Indiana Welcome Center.
The traveling "Freedom: A History of U.S." display is made up of 48 freestanding panels and divided into six sections, including three that show the changing face of freedom through the Civil War.
But the exhibit also goes back in time to the founding era of our country — and ahead to more modern times.
The display will incorporate reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the defining Civil War document that led to the freeing of African-American slaves. The proclamation recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.
The Indiana Historical Society is lending the Freedom exhibit — as well as another exhibit focusing on the preservation of historic documents — to the Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore exposition scheduled to run from April 5 to May 3 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
The monthlong exhibition focuses on Northwest Indiana's role in the Civil War, using hundreds of photos of region soldiers and veterans, artifacts, narrative text and reproductions of region regimental battle flags.
The event also will include an indoor Union Army encampment, living history events on Saturdays by re-enactors, film viewings, guest lectures and book signings.
Watch The Times and nwi.com in the coming weeks for a listing of other exhibition events.