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WTAMU Enters Partnership with The Remnant Trust

Sept. 14, 2011

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Enters Partnership with The Remnant Trust

CANYON, Texas—Original and first-edition works are available this fall at West Texas A&M University through a partnership with The Remnant Trust for use in University classrooms, free public lectures and local schools. The exhibition is housed at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum through Dec. 9 and offers an unbelievable hands-on learning experience for WTAMU and the Panhandle region.

The partnership, announced by Dr. James Hallmark, WTAMU provost/vice president for academic affairs, Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, and Kris Bex, president of The Remnant Trust, Inc., will bring  these rare books, public lectures and classroom opportunities to the Panhandle for the next four years. Dr. David Baum has joined the WTAMU faculty as a professor of humanities and director of the Remnant Trust Seminars. He will oversee and teach Remnant Trust courses, arrange exhibits and public presentations as well as conduct outreach to regional universities and schools.

The Remnant Trust, a public educational foundation based in Indiana, 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 University hosted 50 documents last year, and this year’s exhibition includes returning pieces—The Emancipation Proclamation, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the King James Bible—along with a list of documents not previously exhibited at WTAMU. Those include works by Aristotle, Copernicus, Dante, Davy Crockett, Galileo, Homer, Lincoln, Machiavelli, Luther, Milton and Plato.

Three public presentations are planned throughout the fall semester to share the documents with the community. The presentations are free and open to the public with underwriting provided by Pattilou Dawkins, Mary Emeny, Geneva and Stanley Schaeffer, Joan and Steve Urban, Barbara and Kim Whitton, the Mays Foundation and an anonymous donor.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, there will be a 5:30 p.m. reception before Baum presents “The City in History: From Plato to the Federalist papers” at 6:30 p.m. in the Derrick Room, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. The presentation is sponsored by Brown and Fortunato, PC.

Dr. Wade Shaffer, associate provost for academic affairs, will present “Visions of the City in Early America: The City Upon the Hill” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the museum. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede the presentation. Sponsors are Roni and Patrick Swindell in honor of Ascension Academy and by Interstate Bank.

The semester’s final presentation is a roundtable discussion on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the museum titled “The Local and the Global: A Roundtable on Cities and Communities.” Participants will be Baum, Dr. Jean Stuntz, associate professor of history, Cliff Vanderpool, director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Mary Emeny, director of Mariposa Eco-Village and James Barrington, managing editor of the The Canyon News. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Sponsors are Norma and Tom Cambridge and Sue and Bill Hale.

Original documents also will be used in WTAMU’s Continuing Education Eternal Learning Series titled “And to the Republic for Which it Stands.” Dr. David Hart, assistant professor of philosophy, will use the documents to explore the relationship between Greek and American ideals of democracy. The class meets from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays Oct. 4-25.  For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 806-651-2037.

In addition to the public lectures and class presentation, present and future initiatives for the Remnant Trust at WTAMU include a spring symposium, a student-written weekly column in The Canyon News, the building of an academic journal called The Remnant Review, student internships and editorial assistantships, outreach to community groups and local schools in the Panhandle and increased opportunity for research and classes based in primary documents.

Selected items are on display in the lobby of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum through December 9. Remaining documents can be found in the museum’s Research Center, and appointments to view the pieces can be made by contacting Warren Stricker, director, at wstricker@wtamu.edu or by calling 806-651-2254.

For more information about the Remnant Trust at WTAMU, contact Baum at dbaum@wtamu.edu or visit the Remnant Trust link on the WTAMU website at wtamu.edu/remnanttrust.



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Jared Perez
on 9.22.2011

Im assuming that is the museum here on campus, which i have been very interested in seeing. It is interesting that we have all of these here on campus to look at how western civilization cam along

Ana Briones
on 9.20.2011

This is such a great opportunity! I hope I get to attend, history is something that interests me.