COLUMBUS-LOWNDES PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST NATIONAL EXHIBTION ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Two centuries after Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 1809, he is one of the most revered figures in our nation’s history. Lincoln’s life, accomplishments, and legacy are the subject of a new traveling panel exhibition on display at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times” explores how

Abraham Lincoln transcended his age and left a constitutional legacy for all Americans.

The exhibition, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on display from March 7 to April 4. The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is hosting the exhibit to as part of the statewide commemoration of the sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. 

The exhibition tells the story of how Lincoln, a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and Civil War. The exhibition makes extensive use of Lincoln’s own words to encourage a deeper understanding of his principles and his legacy. Drawing on documents, broadsides, and ephemera from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, the six panels 76 examine the legacy of slavery and emancipation, and Lincoln’s commitment to every American’s “right to rise.”

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Archivist Mona K. Vance “Lincoln’s achievements as president are well-known, but knowledge about our most famous president is dominated by a set of iconic images. Through reproductions of documents, photographs, and posters, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about the challenges Lincoln faced and his accomplishments.”

Events: The library is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition.

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is one of forty sites nationwide selected to host the Lincoln exhibition. The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the 2009 bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The exhibition was curated by Steven Mintz, Professor of History at the University of Houston, and Richard Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. The exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available on the Internet at http://www.neh.gov/.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. The Institute maintains two websites, http://www.gilderlehrman.org and the quarterly online journal www.historynow.org.

To learn more about events remembering the Civil War sesquicentennial in Mississippi visit http://mscivilwar150.com/.

For more information about the exhibit or events while at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or by email at mvance@lowndes.lib.ms.us.

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