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HCC hosts traveling exhibit on Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition to American libraries, will open at Hagerstown Community College on Sat., Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. in the Kepler Center lobby, and run through Sept. 27.
Lincoln is widely recognized as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. This exhibition encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. It helps visitors gain a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.
The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.
The 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.
HCC is offering a free lecture series in conjunction with this exhibition, held in the Kepler Theater, on Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Speakers include historians Thomas Clemens and Roger Swartz, and attorney John Fitzpatrick. For more information on the lecture series, please call 240-500-2236.          
The exhibition is open Mon. through Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in HCC’s Kepler Center lobby. Admission is free. For more information on the exhibition at HCC, contact LuAnn Fisher at or 240-500-2538.