Lincoln Exhibit Comes to UWG’s Ingram Library

Monday, February 10, 2014

The University of West Georgia will host the national traveling exhibit “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times” at UWG’s Ingram Library. The exhibit will start on Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12 and end on March 7. This free and public exhibit will include two programs on Lincoln’s life and legacy.

“Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times” goes beyond the mythical images of Lincoln to examine his beliefs and his impact on the nation. The exhibit traces Lincoln’s path from a man of his times, humbly born, self-taught, and hardworking, to the president who with virtually no administrative experience succeeded in guiding a divided nation through the crises of secession and Civil War. The exhibit examines how and why Lincoln championed emancipation, the ways in which his capacity for intellectual and moral growth shaped his presidency, the manner in which Lincoln’s eloquence changed the nation and his plan for the country’s future.

Dr. Kenneth Noe, professor of history at Auburn University, will present the program “Lincoln: The War President Revisited” at Ingram Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. Special public parking will be provided in the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts gated lot beginning at 6 p.m.

Noe, who began his career at UWG, will address a new debate over Lincoln’s battlefield role brought on by The Civil War sesquicentennial. Noe has written and edited a combined seven books on the Civil War Era, including, most recently, “Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861” (2010) and “The Yellowhammer War: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama” (2013).

On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., Dr. Keith Bohannon, UWG associate professor of history, and Dr. Keith Hebert, UWG assistant professor of history, will engage in a conversation and audience dialogue for “Lincoln: The Road to Emancipation.” Special public parking will be provided in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning at 10 a.m.

The conversation and dialogue will delve into Lincoln’s views on race and slavery and the meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln’s legacy holds a special place within American history resulting in numerous scholarly biographies and film portrayals. Nearly 150 years after his assassination, historians continue to probe Lincoln’s writing and speeches in search of fresh insights into what led Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

The exhibit was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is sponsored by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society. It is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carroll EMC Foundation.

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