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Lincoln, Civil War will come to life at traveling exhibit Sunday

October 12, 2012

The national traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitu­tion and the Civil War” will begin a five-week stay at the Culver Academies’ Huffington Library with a grand open­ing on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m.

At the opening, visitors will step back in time as Acad­emies’ students in Civil War dress guide them through the exhibition and the displays highlighting events from the era. Period music will be provided by an Academies en­semble, and refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is free and will run through Nov. 16. Hours for thepublic are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.
Composed of informative panels featuring photograph­ic reproductions of original documents, such as a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech and the Emancipation Proclamation, the exhibit examines how President Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery, and civil liber­ties — all questions the U.S. Constitution left unanswered. Each section features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. For example, the slavery portion examines the various policy options Lincoln once em­braced and how his thoughts about slavery evolved over time.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Huffington Library Director Susan Frey­miller. “As a fan of Abraham Lincoln, I am personally looking forward to being able to consider anew the challenges faced by Mr. Lincoln and to appreciate his struggle to address these monumental issues in light of the Constitution. The exhibit along with our discussions and other events will hopefully provoke some thoughtful dia­logue on what the Constitution truly means in our lives.”

Three special programs are scheduled during the exhib­it’s five-week stay, Freymiller said. These programs will be held in the Presentation Room of the Huffington Li­brary.

• Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. – Coordinated with the Academies Global Studies Institute (GSI), Nicole Etcheson (Ph.D., Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University) will present: “Swift, Zealous, Radical or Tar­dy, Cold, Indifferent? Abraham Lincoln as The Great Emancipator.”

• Nov. 6 (Election Night) at 7 p.m. –The GSI will host a seminar addressing “Lincoln’s Constitution & Civil War: A pivotal point in becoming a world power.” Guest speak­er will be Valparaiso University’s Samuel Graber, Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

• Nov. 11, 2 to 3 p.m. – The Academies championship Quiz Bowl team will take on a team of Academies’ facul­ty/staff in a friendly competition focused on Lincoln, his presidency and the Civil War.

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.

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