Events & Exhibits - Fall 2008
Abraham Lincoln Exhibit
- Abraham Lincoln will be the focus of a second traveling exhibit and a conference during the bicentennial anniversary of his birth. "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation," an American Library Association exhibit, will visit the Heritage Room from February 8 through March 20, 2009. The exhibit examines Lincoln's views on abolition and emancipation during his career and presidency through reproductions of historical documents and the contributions of recent scholarship. In support of the exhibit, Weinberg Library, the Lackawanna Historical Society, and the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies will be sponsoring a one day conference concerning Lincoln, the Underground Railroad, abolition and emancipation. The conference, which will be free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2009, in the DeNaples Center starting at approximately 9 a.m. The morning session will feature three speakers and the afternoon session will feature an appearance by Abraham Lincoln as interpreted by Jim Getty. Mr. Getty has performed "A Visit With Mr. Lincoln" for dozens of groups across the country. He has also been the voice of Abraham Lincoln on television documentaries. The day's proceedings will conclude with a reception in the Heritage Room where the exhibit will be displayed. A webpage will provide further information.
- "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" has been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday.