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CALS Selected to Showcase Abraham Lincoln Exhibit

CALS Selected to Showcase Abraham Lincoln Exhibit

The Central Arkansas Library System has been selected as one of 25 libraries from across the nation to feature the exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. The Main Library will have the exhibit in-house December 2010 through January 2011.

The Main Library will have the exhibit in-house December 2010 through January 2011. Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, the Lincoln exhibit offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. It explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war — the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.

The exhibit features many of Lincoln's own words, as well as a graphic format of the Gettysburg Address that links past and present. Reproductions of significant documents signed by Lincoln, including the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Order to Blockade the Southern Ports — the official start of the Civil War — will also be on display. Visual reproductions of personal artifacts, including Lincoln's signature top hat and the pen used to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, will give viewers a better understanding of Lincoln's material world. Visitors will be asked to consider if Americans have lived up to the ideals Lincoln fought for — equality, freedom, democracy — and will have an opportunity to provide their own views.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Constitution Center (NCC), and the American Library Association (ALA). The exhibit will be free and open to the public. Additional information will be provided in the coming months.