, Corbin, KY

November 26, 2013

Abraham Lincoln exhibit coming to Laurel Public Library, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Abraham Lincoln is coming to visit the Laurel County Public Library!

“Lincoln: The Constituion and the Civil War” will be coming to the Laurel County Public Library Wednesday Nov. 27, followed by an official ribbon cutting Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. according to the library’s community relations/adult program assistant Magen McCrarey.

The Lincoln exhibit tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Lincoln faced enormous obstacles upon his election in 1860. The nation was approaching a civil war, and Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery, and civil liberties--all questions the founding fathers did not answer.

President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these crises, and ultimately reinvented it as well as the promise of American life. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as a president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The traveling exhibition will consist of educational panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Thirteenth Amendment.

The exhibition was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It was made possible from a 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.

Monday’s ribbon cutting will be followed by a Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua performance of Emilie Todd Helm’s “Rebel in the White House,” performed by Betsy Smith of Cynthiana. Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua gives historical presentations of characters from history, traveling throughout the state, and Emilie Todd Helm is one of the many vibrant characters portrayed by Kentucky’s Chautauqua performers.

Emilie was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln and the wife of Confederate General Benjamin Hardin Helm. Emilie had a front-row view of the history during and after the Civil War. She and her husband knew the Lincolns very well, and she attended many Confederate reunions, where she was hailed as the mother of the Orphan Brigade.

Along with the exhibition, the Laurel County Public Library will be offering a variety of programs related to the Civil War time period and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will remain on display until Friday, Jan. 24.