Traveling Lincoln exhibit, spring library events highlight Sesquicentennial

A national traveling exhibit about President Abraham Lincoln will visit Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library from Feb. 22 to April 4. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” examines how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is designed to give a deeper understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis. It is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of documents, including Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Each section features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. For example, the section about slavery examines the various policy options Lincoln once embraced and how his thoughts about slavery evolved over time.

Lincoln exhibit“This exhibition encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with his struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality,” said library director Robin Wagner. “Most importantly, it shows why Lincoln’s struggle with the Constitution still matters today.”

The library will also host related free programs such as lectures, music, dance and readings, as well as some smaller exhibits. These include Civil War artifacts, a collection of bookends depicting Lincoln, and work by artists Sam Fink, Mort Künstler and Dale Gallon.

“We are delighted to have been selected as one of the host sites, especially as part of Gettysburg’s Sesquicentennial celebration,” Wagner said.

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

Other spring events held at Musselman Library or sponsored by Friends of Musselman Library, including the opening reception of “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will focus on the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War.

An abbreviated listing is below, and a full list is available here.

Opening Reception: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War”

Featuring period banjo music performed by Professor Larry Marschall
Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. -- Musselman Library Apse
Co-sponsored by the Friends of Musselman Library and the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee

"Lincoln and the Laws of War" lecture

Dr. Jason Frawley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil War Era Studies
March 6 at 4 p.m. -- College Union Building’s Room 260
Sponsored by the Friends of Musselman Library

Notes at Night: "A Reading for Lincoln"

Performance by Richard Sautter, accompanied by Dearest Home
March 19 at 7 p.m. -- Musselman Library Apse, Gettysburg College
Sponsored by the Friends of Musselman Librar

Civil War Era Dance Workshop

Led by the Victorian Dance Ensemble
April 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- CUB Ballroom
Sponsored by the Friends of Musselman Library

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013

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