AU's Nicholson Library hosts Remnant Trust exhibit

Tue, 2012-07-31 14:35 -- univcomm
Have you ever held a first English edition copy of the Magna Carta in your hands printed in 1542? How about a first edition copy of Common Sense authored by Thomas Paine printed in 1776? When was the last time you picked up an 1869 copy of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankenstein or a first edition copy of Henry David Thoreau’s essay, A Yankee in Canada, printed in 1866? Now, through a special exhibit at the Nicholson Library on the campus of Anderson University this fall, the general public has this opportunity. The Nicholson Library at Anderson University will serve as the host site for a very special collection of original and first English edition works which are a part of The Remnant Trust. The collection will be on loan to Anderson University until December 2005.

“The first books printed in English appeared sometime in the 1470’s,” said Janet Brewer, director of Anderson University’s Nicholson Library. “Books such as Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae Pars Secunda; which was printed in 1475, a 1610 first English edition of St. Augustine’s Confessions, and a 1789 printing of the Bill of Rights will be on display. Most museums and archives with books such as these keep them locked in display cases and would rarely consider allowing a visitor to even touch one. The Remnant Trust’s mission of having these rare, first English editions actually touched and read is phenomenal. This is, indeed, a rare treat.”

The Remnant Trust is a public educational foundation that shares an actively growing collection of original and 1st edition works dealing with the topics of liberty and dignity with some pieces dating as early as 1250. The Trust makes this collection available to colleges, universities, and other organizations for use by students, faculty, scholars and the general public. Those exposed are encouraged to touch, feel and read the originals. The mission of The Remnant Trust is to elevate educational standards and the public's understanding of individual liberty & human dignity through the precedent-setting, hands-on availability of the world's great ideas in original form-to raise consciousness of the most significant documents that have shaped America, to raise the spirits of each generation to think the grandest thoughts and be guided by the most profound idealism, to be the world's finest repository of the great ideas that have propelled persons through the centuries.

“The library is very pleased to host The Remnant Trust Exhibit,” said Janet Brewer, director of the Nicholson Library at Anderson University,” added Brewer. “As we strive to be the place where the Anderson University community connects with a world of knowledge, it is important to provide a variety of opportunities for interaction with both the very old and the very new.”

In celebration of the Remnant Trust on the Anderson University campus, several “brown bag” lunch sessions will be conducted in the Nicholson Library. Unless otherwise noted all “brown bag” lunch sessions listed below will begin at 12 noon and are free and open to the public:

Thursday, September 8
Dr. Carl Caldwell, AU Vice-President for Academic Affair and Dean
Magna Carte

Thursday, September 15
Dr. David Murphy, AU associate professor of History
An Essay on the Principle of Population, Thomas Malthus

Friday, September 30
Dr. Barry Ritchey, AU professor of Economics
Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production., Karl Marx

Friday, October 7
Dr. Shane Kirkpatrick, AU assistant professor of Religion
A Leaf of the Tyndale Bible and The Council of Trent

Thursday, October 13
Dr. Willard Reed, AU professor of Philosophy
Critik of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant

Thursday, October 20
Dr. Doug Nelson, AU professor of Political Science
Du Contract Social, Jean Jacques Rouseeau
History of the War, Thucydides

Friday, October 27
Ms. Jaye Rogers, AU instructor of History
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
The Subjection of Women, John Stuart Mill

Thursday, November 3 Dr. Michael Frank, AU associate professor of Political Science
Declaration of Independence

Friday, November 18
Dr. Kevin Radaker, AU professor of English
A Yankee in Canada and Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

For more information about The Remnant Trust exhibit, please visit their Web site located at

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing and theology.