Remnant Trust lets community touch a piece of history


Classic books are wonderful to view in a museum, but weren’t books meant to be touched? That’s the philosophy of The Remnant Trust, an educational foundation that loans out an extensive collection of rare books to universities around the country. Visitors can currently see, and feel, part of this collection at Trine University.

In the above video, Dr. Tom Tierney, Professor Emeritus of Literature, takes communication major Jason Dafnis on a guided tour through the exhibit. Dr. Tierney gives some of the historical background on particular pieces, as well as points out details you’ll wait to see for yourself when visiting.

Works on display include a Gutenberg Bible leaf from 1455; a Koran from 1734; a 16th-century text of the Torah; an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation; and books by Copernicus, Galileo, and Darwin. The exhibit is open and free to the public. Groups of up to 20 can be accommodated with advanced notice. See below for a full schedule of dates and times the exhibit is open in September.

In addition, several Trine faculty and community members will be doing presentations on the various books this semester as part of the Humanities Symposia. For a full schedule of dates and topics, please see the Symposia section of our site.

September Operating Hours
Day Hours
Monday 11-12, 3-4
Tuesday 10-11, and after Humanities Symposia
Wednesday 11-1, 7-8
Thursday 2-3
Friday 10-11
Saturday 1-3
Sunday 11-1