First Amendment Museum makes a stop in Evanston
Updated: July 3, 2012 12:20PM
A traveling museum on freedom will be open to the public at the Evanston Public Library as part of the Allowance for Good’s inaugural Global Philanthropy Summit.
The Freedom Express tells the story of our First Amendment freedoms of speech, religion, petition, press and assembly through computer-based interactives and artifacts, according to a news release from Evanston-based Allowance for Good. It will be open to the public from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston.
National and international events, such as the Arab Spring, and debate over health-care reform have created a heightened public awareness and discussion about our rights in a democratic society, the release states. The Freedom Express inspires visitors to connect the Bill of Rights with our everyday lives and think about what it means to be an active participant in our democracy, according to the release.
The museum will also be open earlier in the day to youth attending the Global Philanthropy Summit in Evanston. The three-day summit will engage Chicagoland youth ages 13-18 in discussions and activities around global citizenship, philanthropy and how youth can work on education access issues globally. The summit is sponsored by Chicago Public Media.
Summit attendees will have an opportunity to visit and learn from leaders at Chicago area businesses and nonprofits, including the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which sponsors the Freedom Express. The Freedom Express is available free of charge to all middle and high schools in Cook County as well as six other counties in the Chicagoland area.
Evanston-based Allowance for Good is a network of U.S. teens who partner together to improve the lives of youth living in poverty globally by investing in their educational potential.