Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog


Share My Inauguration

By Shawn Healy
The McCormick Foundation, the sole funding source of the McCormick Freedom Museum, is funding a trip to Washington for 24 Chicago 5th and 6th graders to document and witness Barack Obama's elevation to the presidency. A web site has been created to host their observations and capture the videos they record. An excerpt from the press release issued by the Foundation follows:

As part of our commitment to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country, we provided an education grant to Frazier Preparatory Academy to help send 24 5th and 6th grade students to our nation’s capital to engage in history. Dubbed the “DC 24,” the students will attend Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration and witness American history as it unfolds.

During their four-day journey to Washington, D.C., the students document their experiences via a series of “blog” and video posts on a new website,, powered by the McCormick Foundation.

The McCormick Foundation believes in the power of people. When people become active, involved and informed about their communities and their own government, our nation prospers. So we are asking citizens of all ages to visit and join the dialogue by sharing what this inauguration means to them. Please consider sharing your story and asking your friends to do the same by forwarding this information and posting to your Facebook page, if you have one.


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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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