College to host Remnant Trust collection; media invited to Jan. 7 faculty sneak peek

To celebrate Indiana’s 2016 bicentennial, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host a collection of books from the Remnant Trust in spring 2016. The Remnant Trust, based in Winona Lake, is a collection of first- and early-edition books and manuscripts; and Ivy Tech Northeast’s exhibit, Text Messages, is a selection of 50 works from the Remnant Trust’s more than 1,200 pieces.

Ivy Tech Northeast faculty members and members of the media are invited to a Text Messages sneak peek from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2016, in Café Verde (Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) Attendees will have the chance to peruse the works before the exhibit is open, and members of the media will be able to chat with faculty members and committee members to discuss how it will be used in the classroom and importance of the exhibit, respectively.

Media interested in attending the sneak peek should RSVP to Mary Jo Toenges at

Text Messages will be open from Jan. 21 to April 29, 2016, in Café Verde on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) Visitors will be able to not just view the works but handle them. They will be invited to page through the books and works to get a true feel for these pieces, the oldest of which dates to 2200 B.C.

“You can feel the heft of the book, the texture of the pages, and the binding, how the pages actually feel. They’re not like modern books,” says Ward Price, Ivy Tech Northeast librarian and chair of the College’s Remnant Trust committee.

Text Messages books are divided into five categories:

  • Philosophy/religion
  • Government/history/economics
  • Fiction/literature
  • Civil rights
  • Science/math/discovery

Learn more about Text Messages online at

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