University to Host Rare Works in Remnant Trust Exhibition
Original and first-edition works ranging from the Magna Carta and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to Milton’s Areopagitica and Aristotle’s Ethics, Politics and Economy will be available in West Texas A&M University classrooms this fall through a semester-long exhibition of The Remnant Trust.
The Remnant Trust, a public educational foundation, is a repository for rare and first-edition books related to the world’s great ideas that have helped in the development of western civilization. The foundation works on the belief that “great ideas belong to everyone” and readily makes available a growing collection of works for use by students, faculty and the public. The works will be available through hands-on learning experiences for WTAMU and the Panhandle region.
Dr. Bonney MacDonald, head of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, and Dr. David Baum, historian and current John Ryan Scholar in Residence at the Trust, have arranged for the exhibit to be displayed at WTAMU, thanks to the help of Dr. James Rennier, dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities and generous support from Dr. James Hallmark, provost/vice president for academic affairs. Baum, a specialist in European and Mediterranean histories, will deliver the materials and provide assistance to WT faculty as they prepare for their courses.
The Panhandle community will benefit from the exhibit, too. Three public presentations are planned throughout the fall semester to share the documents. On Thursday, Sept. 9, Pattilou Dawkins and Wolflin Mortgage will host a 5:30 p.m. reception before Baum presents “Political Liberty and Human Dignity: The Remnant Trust Collection at WT” at 6:30 p.m. in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
The first edition of the King James Bible will be available for viewing at a public presentation on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the museum’s Hazlewood Lecture Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Swindell will sponsor a 5:30 p.m. reception in honor of the students at Ascension Academy, and Hallmark will talk at 6:30 p.m. about the First Edition of the King James Bible.
The Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will all be on display for a WTAMU Faculty Round Table presentation on Thursday, Nov. 18 in Hazlewood Lecture Hall. Interstate Bank will sponsor a 5:30 p.m. reception before the 6:30 p.m. round table presentation. MacDonald will serve as moderator for the discussion and round table participants will include Dr. Byron Pearson, head of the Department of History, Dr. Bruce Brasington, professor of history, Dr. Jean Stuntz, associate professor of history, Dr. Marty Kuhlman, associate professor of history, and Dr. Susan Coleman, instructor of political science.