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Public Programs for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War”

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition showing at the Branigan Cultural Center until January 25, 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.

Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. A series of programs and events during January will continue to explore the political, social, and historical context of the challenges faced by our sixteenth president. On January 18, we will screen The Man Who Lost the Civil War at 2pm. Our Cultural Connections Book Club continues to explore life during the Civil War with Robert Hicks’ Widow of the South at the usual time of 2-4pm on the third Wednesday of the month, January 15.

On January 25, we will decorate fans and learn about the secret language of the fans in a workshop at 1pm. Our weekly story time and art project at 11 on Saturday mornings will continue to feature stories focused on Abraham Lincoln.

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the exhibit with the help of 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. For a full list of activities, see our webpage or facebook.

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