is pleased to offer several additional exhibits and displays in
conjunction with "Forever Free."
- Art: The Lincoln art of both Wendy
Allen and Sam Fink is on display on the
Main Floor of Musselman Library.
Also on the Main Floor is a collection of replica clothing
from the Civil War era including dresses and ladies' accessories.
These come from alumna Jennifer Chesney Harp, Class of 2003, who,
among her many talents, is also a seamstress and reenactor.
Information on Gettysburg's Lincoln Cemetery,
the burial site of U.S. Colored Troops and American Civil War
Veterans is on display on the Main Floor.
Collections (4th floor) has Lincoln- and emancipation-related
displays of broadsides, posters, mementos, and more.
Library is proud to host a new exhibit by noted artist, Wendy
Allen. This exhibit, entitled "Considerate Judgment"
recent paintings of Abraham Lincoln by Wendy Allen,
features 11 new works.
Her paintings are displayed in the Apse on the Main Floor
and are offered for sale through Gallery
30 in Gettysburg. For more information on Allen, see her
Allen describes her work below in her own words.
Abraham Lincoln's face
is the subject
I choose to paint
over and over again.
my art style "obsessionism" for my singular and passionate
pursuit of Abraham Lincoln as the subject of my art. Calm
yet haunting, protective yet remote, Abraham Lincoln's face
is the subject I choose to paint over and over again.
the vast majority of post-modern art, which is devoid of any
sense of history. As an artist, I question its superficial
visual appeal, and as a person I disdain its lack of substance
and contrived messages.
interest in painting Lincoln stems from my belief that
his face is the most compelling focus of the American
always ask me "why Abraham Lincoln?" Is he a valid subject in
the 21st century? You bet he is. More than 135 years after his
death, Lincoln remains the most admired man in United States
history, making what he represents about the past still quite
is painting time. Painting time is all experimentation. New
brushes, no brushes. New colors, old colors mixed a new way.
But the subject remains the same. The struggle is to paint
Lincoln in a new way each and every time. That endeavor has
become my artistic obsession.
Fink The Gettysburg Address
Musselman Library's special treasures is a collection of 15
illustrations of the Gettysburg Address, donated by the artist,
Sam Fink. Most of these watercolors contain the 272 words
of the Gettysburg Address and the image of its creator, Abraham
who spent most of his career in the advertising business,
inspired by Lincoln. "Somewhere along my route he became
a friend. Remained so all my life. I've tried to draw him
over and over again and once more. There is no end to his
chiseled beauty. At times I thought I could go on and try
to capture him forever and ever."
published three illustrated books: The Fifty-Six Who Signed
(1972) - about the Declaration of Independence; The Inscribed
and Illustrated Constitution of the United States of America
(1985); and The Illustrated Gettysburg Address (1994).
see Fink's work on display in the Library's Main Floor Browsing
Room, as well as on the wall just outside.
time she was a child, Jennifer Chesney Harp, Class of 2003,
was a re-enactor. Her entire family regularly participated
in recreating the life of a Union soldier's family. Later,
Jennifer began making the family costumes and spent time while
an undergraduate working as a costumer for the Kline Theater.
shares some of her treasures on the Library's Main Floor,
including ladies' dresses and undergarments. Also on display
will be accessories such as a lace collar, jewelry, gloves,
petticoats, and other items carried at that time.
in Death: Gettysburg's Lincoln Cemetery
by Elwood Christ (Class of 1975)
fought for freedom and the preservation of the
United States, but were denied burial in a National Cemetery
where Abraham Lincoln stood on November 19, 1863 and gave
his Gettysburg Address.
the book, Segregation in Death: Gettysburg's Lincoln Cemetery,
by Betty Dorsey Myers. Myers, a lifelong resident of Gettysburg,
founding member of the Lincoln Cemetery Project Association,
and well-known local historian, provided the material for
are cemetery photographs, historical information about the
site, a listing of the Civil War soldiers interred there,
information about two of those soldiers (more are featured
in her book), and the efforts underway to preserve this historic
more information or to purchase her book (proceeds go to the
perpetual care endowment fund), contact the Lincoln Cemetery
Project Assoc., P.O. Box 4207, Gettysburg, PA 17325.