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VU welcomes Lincoln exhibition

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Published on November 12, 2014 with No Comments

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” premieres at the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources at Valparaiso University with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The collection examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.  The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2015.

Events held in conjunction with the exhibition include:

–Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Opening reception; “An Evening with Abe Lincoln” performance begins at 7 p.m.  Dean Dorrell will present a one-act play based on historical documents.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 6 to 7 p.m. Lincoln: A Musical Portrait.  Angela Young Smucker, adjunct instructor in music, will give a vocal music performance with piano accompaniment.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Civil War Indoor Encampment, Living history presenters from Company B–20th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry will present on life in a Civil War camp, equipment common to the soldier, bullet manufacturing and the woman’s role during the Civil War era.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m. “On Lincoln and Libraries” by Eileen Mackevich.  Mackevich is director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

All events take place in the Christopher Center Community Room and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kristen Knoerzer at kristen.knoerzer@valpo.edu or 219-464-5464.

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