“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” Traveling Exhibit Visits Cy-Fair

Presiden Abraham Lincoln from Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes. Courtesy Flickr Commons and Library of CongressBeginning December 28, Cy-Fair College Branch Library will host a unique traveling exhibition focusing on President Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the most turbulent era in the nation’s history.

Using period photographs, posters, historical documents and artifacts--including the Bible used during Lincoln’s first inauguration, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” explores how the president used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Cy-Fair College Branch Library will host a variety of special events including lectures and book discussions on topics ranging from the “imperial presidency” to the history of Juneteenth celebrations and Houston’s Emancipation Park. There will be programs for children and tweens as well, with a book signing by noted children’s author Kathleen Krull (Lincoln Tells A Joke). Honest Abe himself will make an appearance on his birthday to share some cake and pose for pictures. For a video preview of the exhibit and a full list of events, visit: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/lincoln

The traveling exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional program funding has been generously provided by the Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Friends of the Library.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” runs from December 28, 2011 through February 17, 2012. For more information, call 281-290-3210.

Photo Credit: President Abraham Lincoln, from Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes. Courtesy Flickr Commons and Library of Congress