Since 1997, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has developed traveling panel exhibitions for display at schools, libraries, and historic sites. These lively, colorful displays present a unique opportunity for communities to share research by leading scholars and view images of important original documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and Emancipation Proclamation. Composed of interlocking panels with graphic reproductions of rare documents, images, and interpretive text, these exhibitions circulate nationwide, providing an introduction to critical moments and individuals in American history for students, teachers, and the public.

Large Exhibitions: 

  • Freedom Riders
  • The Many Faces of George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times
  • Freedom: A History of US
  • Alexander Hamilton:The Man Who Made Modern America

Small Exhibitions:

  • Frederick Douglass: From Slavery to Freedom
  • Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era
  • The Progressive Era: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917
  • Emancipation and Its Legacies

Ordering Information

Sites are required to pay a flat fee, which covers shipping and administrative costs: $1000 for large exhibitions and $200 for small exhibitions. Large exhibitions are made up of five to seven sections composed of four interlocking panels. Small exhibitions are one section composed of four to five interlocking panels. Exhibition dates are not confirmed until a non-refundable $100 deposit is paid, which is applied toward the total fee. Affiliate Schools are eligible to receive one small exhibition at no cost. If you need additional information, email Stephanie Krom or call (646) 366-9666, ext. 17. To request a traveling exhibition please complete our online Application Form.