I am not shy about my love of books. I have my own library of somewhere around 800 books, and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon. I love to stop in at Borders and browse the bargain books, and I rarely leave with purchases under $50.00. I journey to Hyde Brothers on Wells Street every now and then as well and search through old books for prizes to return home with me. So when I learned of a group of aged books set to come to IPFW, I was thrilled.

This coming January through April at IPFW, the Remnant Trust will make available a world-class collection of manuscripts, first- and early-edition works in original form, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the Federalist Papers. The Remnant Trust is comprised of over 900 manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and related documents on subjects related to individual liberty and human dignity.

Photo Credit: IPFW – The Remnant Trust


The IPFW exhibit will include more than 50 manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and documents on subjects related to individual liberty and human dignity. The books will be available to actually hold, touch, and read.

As a prelude to the exhibit, IPFW is hosting four lectures – open to the public – tying the books to their particular time period as well as describing the roots of social and political ideas. The lectures not only focus on social and political ideas but also weave in period architectural styles.

I missed the first lecture two weeks ago, but I attended tonight’s lecture, and I will be attending the remaining two lectures in October. I totally enjoyed learning about the social and political ideas, but it was the idea of tying these age-old philosophies to architectural styles that really intrigued me.

The lecturers addressed the topic of “organic conservatism” and its impact on and relationship to classical architecture. I can’t wait until the next lecture on October 8th when the discussion will center around the concept of the “individualist conservative.”

But even more than the lectures and the knowledge gleaned, I cannot even imagine what it will be like to actually touch books the likes of the “Prince” by Machiavelli, the “Emancipation Proclamation”, and the “Rights of Men.”

Whether you are a book lover or not, or a reader or not, this opportunity should not be missed. The books can beheld in our hands – we can touch the leaves of the books and read the age-old words that, indeed, changed history.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. “organic conservatism” “individualist conservative.” How the heck do you go from political and social ideas to architectural.

  2. Phil Marx says:


    A couple months ago, I finally gathered all my books (from three different floors of the house) together in one room. I thought about counting them, but there’s just to damn many. A rough estimate looks to be about half the size of your own personal library.

    What I really enjoy when reading a good book is when I get to the end and view the authors list of suggested readings and find that I have some of those books on my shelves already. It’s like they’re complimenting me on my own selection of reading materials. I’d write to them to tell them how happy this makes me, but the best books are written by authors who are already deceased.

    As a fellow bibliophile, I would suggest that you never take a job working at the Library. I did this several years ago and it was very difficult to get any work done. And yes, I will gladly take Hyde Brothers over Borders/B&N any day.

  3. Clint:

    I had the same thought when I signed up for the series, but after last night’s lecture, I had to admit it makes sense.

    The series breaks the “Roots of Contrasting Social and Political Ideas” into four categories: organic conservative, individualistic conservative, reform liberal, and communitarian. Each category has common traits and themes. The architect who is presenting his portion relates the characteristics of the era to the architectural style that was popular.

    For instance, classical architecture arose out of the theme of organic conservative. Individuals who followed this philosophy included Plato, Aristotle, John Calvin, Thomas Hobbes, Thomas Aquinas, and Edmond Burke. The organic conservative sees humans as inherently aggressive, competitive, selfish, and hierarchical. Central values include authority, order, and tradition.

    Classical architecture includes huge columns and magnificent domed buildings. The Supreme Court building is an example of classical architecture as well as many of the ancient Greek buildings. The Lincoln Memorial is fronted with huge columns. Organic conservative philosophers include Thomas Aquinas, Edmund Burke, William F. Buckley, George Will, Jerry Falwell, Phyllis Schlafly, and Rush Limbaugh.

    The lecture included a lot more than just the above. I can’t wait until the next one. Living in West Central, I love the different architectural styles that exist in our neighborhood.

  4. Phil:

    Years ago I took a part-time job at what was then “The Little Professor” bookstore in Covington Plaza. Believe me, I understand your statement about working in a library – except in the bookstore I bought them as well because we got a huge discount as employees. I never had a full pay check.

    I also worked in the law library for 2 1/2 years of my 3 years at Valpo. I don’t get to Hyde Brothers as much as I would like.

    I came home last night and started looking at my old books. I had found several at Hyde Brothers that I just couldn’t pass up. I have a Thomas Paine set of three volumes (includes The Rights of Man, Common Sense) that is an 1870 printing.

  5. So Rush Limbaugh = Supreme court?

    Communitarian would equal Obama? And would look something like govt housing projects?

  6. I am always surprised at how many people try to use philosophies to instill fear in others. Philosophies are ideas – you can either accept them or reject them. The world is full of competing ideas. Uninformed people are fearful people and vice versa.

  7. Kenny Speakman says:


    Great post, thanks for the info.

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