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Thomas Jefferson and 'the Boisterous Sea of Liberty'

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty interactive exhibitionThis highly interactive exhibition traces the development and ongoing influence of Jefferson's transformational ideas about liberty—particularly those expressed in the Declaration of Independence—through a groundbreaking presentation on a wall of flat-panel LCD screens. The title comes from Jefferson, who in 1820 wrote that "the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave."

Through quotations and dramatic images, Thomas Jefferson and 'the Boisterous Sea of Liberty' dynamically presents the radical ideas that changed the world. Beginning with the notion of liberty as it was understood in the British Empire in the 18th century, the show charts how the ideas in the Declaration shaped the government of the new United States and ultimately spread around the globe.

Located in the Michelle Smith Gallery, the presentation on the wall of 14 screens is complemented by seven smaller, touchable screens giving visitors access to more than 250 image and text displays related to political, religious, and intellectual freedom.

The digital elements in 'Boisterous Sea of Liberty' were created specifically for the exhibition by the Small Design Firm of Cambridge, Mass.


lh76474's picture
I second the motion, "This is such a stirring exhibit". I was drawn into it and could not leave until I had seen it from beginning to end. Tears ran down my cheeks when I realized that right now, today, the fight for liberty continues around the world by the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Kuwait... I smiled through the tears when I realized that 2011 will require that the exhibit be updated. It's a good thing!
Lynn Hallowell-...
lfrancavilla's picture
This is such a stirring exhibit. Images, words, music, and voices work together, truly capturing the spirit of independence and the American Revolutionary War. We were all very excited when the exhibits began to come together and this one is my favorite. It vividly shows us how turbulent that time period in American history was and what was at stake in the pursuit of freedom. It's also a great way to demonstrate just how those early ideas - those of Jefferson and his fellow Founders - have resonated across centuries and geographic boarders.
Lisa at the PTJRS


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