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Overview

MISSION

The mission of The Remnant Trust is to elevate educational standards & the public’s understanding of individual liberty & human dignity through the precedent setting, hands on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form…To raise consciousness of the most significant documents that have shaped America: The Great Experiment…to raise the spirits of each generation to think the grandest thoughts & be guided by the most profound idealism, implementing Emerson’s thesis on Man Thinking…to provide, through sharing, those works moving Goethe’s vision into reality: to think is easy, to act is hard, but the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with one’s thinking…to be the world’s finest repository of the great ideas that have propelled Man through the centuries from the earth to the stars…to be free, to think, speak & act in keeping with the greatest of enduring assets: Reason, with justice for all…Great ideas belong to everyone.

Protecting and Sharing Great Works and Ideas of Liberty and Human Dignity

A Distinguished Collection

The Remnant Trust collection began more than three decades ago by Founder Brian Bex. Deeply passionate about individual liberty and human dignity, he identified the 100 most important works speaking to these topics, gaining input from scholars.

The Trust has since been dedicated to our mission to elevate educational standards and the public’s understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through the precedent-setting, hands-on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form— and raising the consciousness of the most  significant documents that have shaped America: The Great Experiment.

 Today, The Remnant Trust’s Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum is a preeminent privately-funded collection of over 1,500 original and early version texts about individual liberty and human dignity.

 

Creating One-of-A Kind Engagement with Historical Texts and Timeless Philosophies

The Trust is a non-partisan organization with a truly one-of-a-kind collection and means of sharing its content. People study original works to find truth in its purest form instead of sorting through distilled interpretations, inconsistent translations, and commentator narratives.

People from all walks of life are uniquely awed to learn what different-minded authors said about liberty and human dignity. Libraries and other trusts have similar collections, yet many of these works are difficult for the public to access.

The Trust is different because audiences directly interact with the collection and engage in complementary programs and discussions to expand their knowledge and build community.

Their understanding is transformed as they experience the magnitude of the Trust’s historic, centuries-old texts and learn directly about liberty and human dignity from sages spanning two-and-a-half millennia.

Programs and exhibits provide a uniquely powerful opportunity to hold and study the words of seminal thinkers, including Thomas Hobbes, Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Aristotle, Isaac Newton, Confucius, St. Augustine of Hippo, Karl Marx, Galileo, Thomas Paine, William Blackstone, and Adam Smith.

Through this unique approach, The Remnant Trust encourages Paideia, a system of liberal education for all—not just those expected to attend college. The body of concepts embodied within this approach to a lifelong education best prepares individuals to be responsible citizens in civil society capable of self-governance.