Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, a national traveling exhibition that examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments, and legacy opens at the Public Library - Downtown on Wednesday for four weeks.
Organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, this free exhibition goes beyond the public image of Lincoln to focus on the evolution of his beliefs and his impact on the nation.
The exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times,” traces Lincoln’s path from a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, to the president who guided a divided nation through crises of slavery, secession, and Civil War. The exhibition shows how Lincoln transcended his age and left a constitutional legacy for all Americans.
The library is offering free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. Call the Local History & Genealogy Department at 757-5317 or check the library website for details and any other events.
There will be a reception and lecture by Dr. Charles Hubbard on Monday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m., on "How Lincoln Reshaped the Presidency."
Dr. Hubbard is a professor of History and Lincoln Historian at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tn. He has published several books on Lincoln including Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency, Lincoln and His Contemporaries, and The Many Faces of Lincoln.
Music will be provided by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera String Trio. Sponsors include: Chattanooga Area Historical Association. Tennessee Arts Commission, Allied Arts, Jeff Williams of Morning Pointe, and Friends of the Library.
Lunch with Lincoln will be held on Wednesday, June 9, at noon.
Chattanooga National Military Park historian Jim Ogden speaks on “Lincoln, Tennessee, and Chattanooga’s Civil War Importance.” Guests are invited to bring a sack lunch.
The 37th Tennessee Regiment Civil War re-enactors will bring equipment and materials to the Public Library - Downtown to illustrate life in the Civil War on Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m. They will showcase both North and South as Company H of the Tennessee Regiment and the 19th US Regulars.
Meet Mr. Lincoln, by Dennis Boggs, will be held on June 12, 2:30 p.m. Lincoln presenter, Dennis Boggs, will bring Lincoln to life in a program for youth. Mr. Boggs is a winner of the national Lincoln Look Alike and Oratorical Competition. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Tennessee Arts Commission and Allied Arts.