Abraham Lincoln is 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 of the Weinberg Library 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examines Lincoln's views on abolition and emancipation during his career and presidency through reproductions of historical documents and the contributions of recent scholarship.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, the Weinberg Library, the Lackawanna Historical Society, and the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies sponsored a one day conference concerning Lincoln, the Underground Railroad, abolition, and emancipation. The conference, which was free and open to the public, was held on Saturday, February 14, 2009, in the DeNaples Center starting at approximately 9 a.m. The morning session featured three speakers, and the afternoon session featured 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 concluded with a reception in the Heritage Room where the exhibit is displayed. A webpage provides 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.
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