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School receives Freedom Shrine from Exchange Club

May 15, 2010
  • From left, Mike Shifler, Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey, Scott Paddack, Principal Tom Garner, Dennis Weaver, Dennis Swope and Varner Paddack.
Submitted photo,

The Antietam Exchange Club of Hagerstown donated a Freedom Shrine to newly renovated Salem Avenue Elementary School and dedicated it at a May 4 ceremony at the school.

Attending the ceremony were members of the Antietam Exchange as well as County Commissioners President John Barr, Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey, a contingent from Sen. Don Munson's office, several fifth-grade classes, teachers and Principal Tom Garner.

The Freedom Shrine is a collection of 28 of the most important and historic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address.

The shrine is a display of historical documents that were photographically reproduced from the originals and laminated to individual nonwarping plaques.

The shrine is used by teachers, students, study groups and other clubs to further study American history.

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