"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," a traveling exhibition opens at the Columbus Public Library on Friday, Aug. 9. It examines how President 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 will be housed in Synovus/CB&T Meeting Room B in the library, 3000 Macon Road. Admission is free, and no tickets or reservations are needed to visit.
The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln's first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.
An opening reception will take place 3-5 p.m. Friday Aug. 9. The public is invited to attend. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, the library will sponsor a free program entitled "The Image of Lincoln in the Mind of the American Public." This multimedia presentation by Professors Paul Gaustad and Thomas Graham of Georgia Perimeter College will explore the portrayal of our 16th president in film.
This exhibition aims to develop a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation's gravest constitutional crisis.
For more information about the exhibit or the related programs, call 706-243-2669 or visit www.cvlga.org. "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" will be on display at the library until Sept. 20.
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 (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. The local visit is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, with additional sponsorship from the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and Sunny 100.