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'Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War' in Auglaize County PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 16, 2013 12:29 AM

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The Auglaize County Public District Library and the Auglaize County Historical Society has announced the national traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will appear at the Wapakoneta Branch of ACPDL from Aug. 29 through Oct. 12.

Created through a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is traveling to libraries, historical societies, museums, civic, community and heritage organizations and institutions of higher learning across the country from 2009 through 2015. The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Abraham Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. The exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

“The Auglaize County Library is beyond pleased to be hosting this exhibit, which couldn’t be more timely as we honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Not only that, it’s also a wonderful opportunity for people to dig deeper and get to know the man who was Abraham Lincoln, and see how his decisions still shape our nation today,” Adult Services Coordinator for the Auglaize County Public District Library Andrea Green Burton said.

Auglaize County Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber concurs.

“We are very proud to collaborate with the library—and with so many other organizations across the county—on ‘Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.’ The issues that faced our nation 150 years ago are still relevant to our understanding about what it means to live in a democratic society, and the Lincoln exhibit brings that point home quite clearly,” she said.

Events are free unless otherwise noted. The following is the most current schedule of events associated with “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” although several activities are still in the planning stage.

Aug. 29

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” exhibit opens at the Auglaize County Public Library.

Aug. 29-Oct. 12

Book displays about Lincoln, The Civil War, The United States Constitution and Slavery at Auglaize County Public District Library system—all branches.

Adult and children’s book displays on the topic will also be installed at the St. Marys Community Public Library during the month of September.

5-7 p.m. Aug. 29

Opening reception for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” featuring refreshments and the musical stylings of guitarist Denny Maas at the Auglaize County Public Library.

7 p.m. Aug. 29

“Abraham Lincoln and Constitutional Politics in the Civil War Era” by Michael Les Benedict, The Ohio State University (emeritus), at St. Paul United Church of Christ (opposite the Auglaize County Library on Mechanic Street), Wapakoneta.

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In this well-illustrated talk, Professor Benedict will discuss the ways in which Lincoln and other mid-19th century American leaders conveyed the issues of civil liberty, state rights and race relations to the American people.

Last Updated on Friday, August 16, 2013 12:40 AM

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