During the 1940s, Exchange had organized its club activities around seven areas of service that included: education; agriculture; aviation; citizenship; commerce and industry; federal youth rehabilitation; youth and geriatrics.
In the mid 1960s, Exchange adopted its National Programs of Service. Also known as the four “pillars” of Exchange, the National Programs of Service brought into greater focus the most pressing issues of the day and affords local clubs the ability to structure activities according of their specific community.
The Freedom Shrine is a Collection of 32 Historic United States Documents (1600’s to 1900’s). These documents serve as windows to America’s proud past.
The Salem Exchange Club has placed Freedom Shrines at:
- Salem, NH Boys & Girls Club (Sponsored by Avatar Properties)
- Salem, NH Town Hall
- St. Joseph’s School, Salem, NH
- Canobie Lake Park (Sponsored by Canobie Lake Park)
- Salem High School
- Golden Brook School, Windham, NH
- Kelley Library, Salem, NH
Freedom Shrine’s Purpose
The Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train. This train toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of famous “documents of liberty” such as the United States Constitution and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The tour was conceived to give Americans the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of American citizenship. The documents included were carefully chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and the subsequent important United States turning points.
Freedom Shrines Across the World
Thousands of Freedom Shrines have been dedicated throughout the United States and Puerto Ricoin universities, libraries, schools, state capitals, city halls and at American outposts scattered throughout the world. The documents have been reproduced and permanently laminated to individual plaques. They are used by teachers, students, and other groups to study American history.