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Facing Freedom in America

Facing Freedom in America is currently closed due to work related to the renovation of the plaza. We expect to reopen the third week of October 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What does freedom mean? To whom should freedom be extended? How are denied rights gained?

Based on the central idea that the history of the United States has been shaped by conflicts over what it means to be free, this new exhibition uses images, artifacts, and interactive elements to explore familiar and not-so-familiar stories from the nation’s past. From women’s suffrage and the formation of labor unions, to Japanese internment, to a local school boycott, the exhibition highlights some of the ways Americans have struggled over the true meaning of freedom.

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The Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing is made possible through a generous grant from Tawani Foundation, through the support of Col. (IL) J. N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (retired), President and Founder, Pritzker Military Library and Tawani Foundation.

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