Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog


McCormick Freedom Museum Road Show

By Shawn Healy
The McCormick Foundation announced today that the Freedom Museum will move from our physical location on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago to an expanded outreach program for students, teachers, and the general public. We will expand upon the public and student and teacher programs we already offer, and add new initiatives like a summer institute for teachers, a graduate course beginning in the Spring of 2010, and classroom programs where museum educators visit Chicagoland classrooms to extend our inspiring message of freedom through the lens of the First Amendment.

Additionally, we intend to explore operating a mobile museum that will incorporate content from our existing exhibit and bring these features directly to schools, communities, and public events throughout the region.

Fanning the Flames will continue to come your way with thrice weekly postings about local, regional, national, and global freedom-related issues. Also, Freedom and the First Amendment in the News subscribers should expect a continuation of our regular digest of mission-related current events.

This new initiative is still in its developmental stages, and many more details will emerge in the coming months. I'll be sure to share this information with our loyal readers in the weeks ahead.

To read today's press release about the Freedom Museum transition, please click here.


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Managing Director

McCormick Freedom Project

Shawn is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations associated with the McCormick Freedom Project. Additionally, he serves as the in house content expert and voice of museum through public speaking and original scholarship. Before joining the Freedom Project, he taught American Government, Economics, American History, and Chicago History at Community High School in West Chicago, IL and Sheboygan North High School in Wisconsin.

Shawn is a doctoral candidate within the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his MA in Political Science. He is a 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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About Fanning the Flames and the McCormick Freedom Project

Fanning the Flames is a blog of the McCormick Freedom Project, which was started in 2006 by museum managing director Shawn Healy. The blog highlights the news of the day, in hopes of engaging readers in dialogue about freedom issues. Any views or opinions expressed on this blog represent those of the writers alone and do not represent an official opinion of the McCormick Freedom Project.

Founded in 2005, the McCormick Freedom Project is part of the McCormick Foundation. The Freedom Project’s mission is to enable informed and engaged participation in our democracy by demonstrating the relevance of the First Amendment and the role it plays in the ongoing struggle to define and defend freedom. The museum offers programs and resources for teachers, students, and the general public.

First Amendment journalism initiative

The Freedom Project recently launched a new reporting initiative with professional journalists Tim McNulty and Jamie Loo. The goal is to expand and promote the benefits of lifelong civic engagement among citizens of all ages, through original reporting, commentary and news aggregation on First Amendment and freedom issues. Please visit the McCormick Freedom Project's news Web site, The Post-Exchange at

Dave Anderson
Vice President of Civic Programs
McCormick Foundation

Tim McNulty
Senior Journalist
McCormick Freedom Project

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