Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

February 22 – April 4, 2013

Musselman Library and the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee are proud to host the national traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.

Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibition examines President Lincoln's struggle to meet both the political and Constitutional challenges brought on by the Civil War. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

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The exhibit is located on the main floor of Musselman Library and addresses five key themes relevant to Lincoln's presidency:

For more information contact Meggan Smith, Reference & Instruction Librarian, (717) 337-7009, mdsmith@gettysburg.edu.

Related Exhibits and Programs


In addition to the traveling exhibition, other Lincoln and Civil War-themed exhibits are on display in the library. These include Civil War Era sheet music, “The Illustrated Gettysburg Address” by artist Sam Fink, artifacts from the 1860 Presidential election, bookends depicting Lincoln, Mort Künstler and Dale Gallon Civil War prints, and the Civil War artifacts from the collection of James Anthony Beran. Details can be found on our Additional Exhibits page.

The library will also sponsor a series of lectures, music, dance, and readings. See the Schedule of Events for details.

About Musselman Library


Musselman Library is one of 250 locations selected to host this national exhibit in its extended tour. The library includes an extensive collection of books related to the slavery, abolition, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The College has academic programs in Civil War Era Studies and is home to the nationally known Civil War Institute. Gettysburg College borders the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield and is located in the heart of the historic town of Gettysburg, site of Lincoln's famous address.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.