Lincoln exhibit opens at library April 8, runs through May 15

SHERIDAN — “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition, opens at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library on April 8.

Each section of the exhibit features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency.

Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. This exhibit encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. The exhibition examines how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Library Director Cameron Duff in a press release. “The exhibit helps visitors understand why Lincoln’s struggle with the Constitution still matters today.”

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: Great Ideas Brought to Life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

An opening reception will be April 9 from 5-7 p.m. The free reception will feature a special presentation by Aaron Odom.

Teachers are encouraged to contact the library to reserve a time to bring their students.

The library is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition.

Contact Debbie Iverson at diverson@sheridanwyolibrary.org or visit sheridanwyolibrary.org for more information.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will be on display at the library until May 15.

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