Photo Diary: See the incredible items that didn't make it into the Independence Through History museum

Photos and story by Jon Miller

Glenn’s new museum exhibit is absurd. It’s incredible, but absolutely absurd.

It’s over-the-top, fascinating, dramatic, and jaw dropping all at the same time. It’s everything you’d want from an exhibit done by Glenn and David Barton.

The big question is where did they get all this?

Only in a bizarre alternate universe does all this stuff find itself together in one room at a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

So one might say it was just meant to be this way. I don't know. What I do know is that I saw the “final” list of approved items before I left for Salt Lake. And what I saw on Monday at the museum had zero resemblance to that list. It was at least three times the size of the original list (already worth $35 million.) And every five minutes, another item would surface:

“Oh look Glenn… did you see this? It’s a letter from Dr. King... the last one he wrote before he was shot…should we use it?”

“Well we can’t leave it out… let’s put it next to the signed photograph of Rosa Parks and above that letter Malcolm X wrote.”

The team working on the museum has worked tirelessly to display all the items beautifully, telling a terrific story of history about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how the birth America changed the world.

But it definitely didn’t look that way on Monday.

Unpacking it was a mess. It was a scene that would have given any museum curator a stroke and killed him.

Everyone was running around screaming, trying to get everything together before the first museum visitors came…while at the same time trying not to step on George Washington’s hair…or the flag used by the Confederacy when they surrendered the Civil War…Someone almost crushed Abraham Lincoln’s hat while trying to take a five minute break sitting down (which would have been of course in his senate chair too).

Try to picture unpacking a new home except replace all your junk mail with letters from MLK, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Walt Disney….

Replace all your old dusty clothes with Redcoat uniforms from the Revolutionary War, Marcus Luttrell’s actual SEAL uniform…your out-of-style hats with a real hat worn by the Pilgrims…

Replace all your old dusty books and magazines with Marie Antoinette’s own bible, a Geneva Bible from 1590, another Bible that came over to America with Bradford on the Mayflower, a signed copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and a first edition copy of Common Sense (and not Glenn’s version but the original one Thomas Paine wrote…)

Lastly replace your old furniture with Abe Lincoln’s desk and Joseph Smith’s furniture.

That’s what Monday looked like.

But the “Independence Through History” exhibit is so amazing not because it has better stuff than all the others (which it likely does) but because it’s so unconventional and actually makes history interesting.

The first thing you’ll see when you walk in is a marble bust of Glenn himself.

But of course this bust moves and talks just like the ones on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland.

Glenn (the statue) whines about an itch that’s bugging him and how he can’t scratch it because he doesn’t have any arms.

Then he starts to talk about the real reason for building this museum, and why it’s different than any other you’ll see:

“History is really boring,” the Glenn-bust says dryly.

As a kid, nothing’s worse than when your parents take you to a museum. But he explains this needs to change if we want to save our country’s future. People need to actually see and experience all the real stuff so you can learn the real story of America.

This exhibit tells the story of why—for thousands of years—men only kindled fire by candle, but then America came along, and BOOM man created electricity, and cars, and airplanes, computers, and iPhones.

Why did this happen after America was born? What makes America different?

To really learn the answer, you’ll have to see the exhibit. But for fun, I’ve included a list of items that DIDN’T make the “final cut.”

These were just sitting on a luggage cart behind some curtains. So I asked a security guard if I could go look through them. He said yes, so I went through them and took some photos:

Among these items:

1. A bloodstained piece of leather from the limo John F. Kennedy was shot in

2. A sign that read “Drinking Fountain: White/Colored” with arrows pointing in opposite directions.

3. A Restroom sign saying the same thing

4. Handwritten letter from Ed White, the first American to walk in space

5. Handwritten note from the Native-American Geronimo.

6. A strand of Abraham Lincoln’s hair

7. A strand of William Seward’s hair (Lincoln’s secretary of state)

8. A strand of Robert E. Lee’s hair

9. An original proclamation written by John Jay

10. An envelope signed by Davy Crockett

Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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