Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War “offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War.”
American Library Association

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For exhibition availability and more information, please contact Stephanie Reyer, Vice President of Exhibitions, at 215-409-6687 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War illuminates how President Abraham Lincoln’s leadership and constitutional vision steered the nation through its most turbulent years and into a future that forever changed America. The exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The exhibition is organized into six main exhibit areas: “Secession Winter,” “Oath of Office,” “Crisis of Secession,” “Crisis of Slavery,” “Crisis of Civil Liberties,” and “Lincoln’s Legacy: The Gettysburg Address in His Time and Ours.”

This panel show is ideally suited for venues such as libraries, historical societies, universities, museums, and civic organizations. To date, the exhibition has traveled to around 200 venues across the country.

Through the exhibition’s media and interactive elements, visitors can:

  • Stand alongside Lincoln as he is sworn in as president
  • View Civil War military conflicts and President Lincoln portraits through a replicated 1860s box camera
  • Play a genuine 1862 board game called “The Secession Game”
  • Use clues to solve an electronic jigsaw puzzle
  • Experience a re-created jail cell for citizens arrested for dissent or disloyalty

Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads an interactive, educational game based on the exhibition, invites middle school and high school students to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.

This exhibition is sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group.

The traveling panel show of Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War was developed by the National Constitution Center, in collaboration with the American Library Association, for public libraries throughout the country.

The traveling exhibition is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

Specifications

Size: 1000 square feet
Security: Minimum
Presentation Period: 8 weeks
Rental Cost: $5,500 plus one-way shipping to your location
Installation Requirements: All installation instructions and videos travel with the exhibition. Two people needed to install in any location.

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