'Thursdays with Mr. Lincoln' starts next week in Columbus Public Library

Staff reportsAugust 28, 2013 

A local character actor will portray Abraham Lincoln next week and discuss the Constitutional issues he faced in his administration's conduct of the Civil War.

The free program in the Columbus Public Library auditorium, 3000 Macon Road, will be Thursday and start at 7 p.m.

Ken Johnston will provide the historical interpretation of the nation's 16th president. When he isn't wearing that famous beard, he is known as the executive director of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus.

Johnston's presentation will include the topics of states rights, civil liberties and Lincoln's controversial Emancipation Proclamation. He also will answer questions from the audience.

This is the first of three "Thursdays with Mr. Lincoln" in conjunction with the free exhibit "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," which is on display in the library's Synovus/CB&T Meeting Room B until Sept. 20. The other two programs also will be at 7 p.m. in the library's auditorium:

• "Lincoln and the Movies: The Image of Lincoln in the Mind of the American Public," Sept. 12. Lincoln has captivated moviegoers since first being portrayed on screen in 1908. He has been featured in almost 300 movies and television shows. In this multimedia presentation, Georgia Perimeter College professors Paul Gastaud and Thomas Graham will discuss evolving views of Lincoln as seen through his portrayal in film.

• "Lincoln and the Constitution Today," Sept. 19. A panel discussion, led by U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Stephen Hyles, will examine modern connections to Lincoln's handling of the writ of habeas corpus, freedom of speech in the Clement Vallandigham case, slavery and property rights.

The traveling exhibit comprises photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln's first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the exhibit, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries is presenting the exhibit's local visit, with additional sponsorship from the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and Sunny 100.

For more information about the exhibit and the related programs, call 706-243-2669 or see www.cvlga.org.

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