Exhibit Comes to Musselman Library
3 February 18, 2005
Library, the African
American Studies program, and the Civil
War Institute are hosting the national traveling exhibit,
Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation.
Based on original documents about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil
War, abolition, and the Emancipation Proclamation, Forever
Free examines Abraham Lincoln's quest to restore a Union
divided by Civil War and shows how his beliefs about freeing
the slaves were transformed by war-time developments.
...all persons held as slaves within
any State...shall be then, thenceforward, and forever
From the beginning of the Civil War until his death, Abraham
Lincoln evolved from a cautious moderate who was willing to
see slavery continue for several decades in order to preserve
the Union, to the "Great Emancipator," who emphatically put
an end to slavery in the United States. Forever Free:
Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation explores the
reasons for this change.
of the original documents (which come from the collections
of the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute
of American History) are reproduced on large panels and
follow the flow of Lincoln's life:
Displays and Programs
addition to the main exhibit, you can see Lincoln items
held in the Library's Special
of Lincoln by noted artists Wendy Allen and Sam Fink,
reproductions of Civil War era clothing, and information
about Gettysburg's Lincoln Cemetery (the burial site
of U.S. Colored Troops, American Civil War Veterans)
are also on display. Details can be found on our Additional
programming includes lectures, music, dance, film and
more. See the Schedule
of Events for more details.
Musselman Library Special Collections
Library is one of only 39 libraries selected to host this
national exhibit. Gettysburg College offers a perfect venue
for Forever Free as it sits near the site of the Civil
War's most devastating battle and Lincoln's legendary address.
About African American Studies
Lincoln 104 by
American Studies program provides all students with an
extensive insight into the world in which we live by studying
the experiences and contributions of peoples of African descent.
Free exhibit examines a critical period in the lives of
African Americans the fight for emancipation.
Studying the Civil War at Gettysburg College
has long been a mecca for Civil War and Lincoln scholars and
is known for the Civil
War Institute, the Civil
War Era Studies program, and the Gettysburg Semester.
Philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, along with
Boritt, Director of Gettysburg College's Civil War Institute,
also founded the Lincoln
Prize in 1990.
exhibit is free and open to the public. Explore this web site
to learn more about: the Schedule
of Events; Additional Exhibits
mounted to compliment Forever Free; Musselman Library
and Adams County Library Collections
relevant to the exhibit; Lincoln
in Gettysburg; Online Resources
(related web sites); and curriculum information For
For more information please call 717-337-6600 or email Kerri
Odess-Harnish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" has
been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California,
and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New
York City, New York, in cooperation with the American Library
Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition has been
made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities.
views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed
in this exhibition and related programs do not necessarily
represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
program is supported in part by the
Adams County Arts Council's STAR Grant Program, which is funded
by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, the Adams
County Commissioners, and the Borough of Gettysburg.