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

Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn break it down:

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

Watch the full podcast below:

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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Have you noticed an insane number of companies "going woke" lately? There's a big reason for why this is happening NOW, and it's not just virtue-signaling. Big corporations, one by one, are pulling the trigger on an initiative that has been in the works for about a decade.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes the framework that was built and inserted into business schools all across the countries. Critical race theory, gender, and "social justice" were given a higher priority than just doing good business.

Glenn has the documents that reveal what's coming to YOUR business or the company you work for and what will happen to companies that don't comply. And what started out as an indoctrination at the university level is now being taught in public schools K-12. They're teaching our kids to be equity activists right under our noses, and the indoctrination is working.

Watch the full episode below:

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