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Opening Reception - Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the South Branch Library.
The reception will include the talk "Secession from the Ratification of the Constitution to the Election of Lincoln."
The Denton Public Library will present a series of programs and exhibitions about Abraham Lincoln and the crises of the Civil War, slavery, and the question of civil rights. The major component of this series is the traveling exhibition Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, which will be on display at the South Branch Library Monday, December 2, 2013 through Friday, January 24, 2014.
“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War”, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs office. The travelling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities. "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. It uses the U. S. Constitution as a cohesive thread to offer a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crisis at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies three crises – the secession of the Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties – and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges. The exhibition encourages visitors to understand the Civil War as a test of the U. S. Constitution, to consider Lincoln’s options through his own eyes, and to reflect on the significance of that great 19th-century conflict.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
There will be several related events throughout the months of December and January (click here for a printable calendar of events
). These include:
Tuesday, December 17 through Sunday, January 5 Emily Fowler Central Library - The exhibition Frederick Douglass, from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City. This exhibition was produced by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. North Branch Library - A showing of the 2012 movie Lincoln.
Five free talks open to the public:
Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. South Branch Library (during the opening reception) - “Secession from the Ratification of the Constitution to the Election of Lincoln"
Dr. Paul Travis, Professor of History at Texas Woman’s University will deliver this talk.
Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. South Branch Library - “The Antebellum South’s Shifting Defense of Slavery"
Dr. D.Harland Hagler, Professor of History at the University of North Texas, will deliver this talk.
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. South Branch Library - “Slavery: Popular Sovereignty vs. the Constitution”
Dr. Steven Forde, Professor of Political Science at UNT, will deliver this talk.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. South Branch Library - “Lincoln and Emancipation”
Dr. Richard McCaslin, Professor of History at UNT, will deliver this talk.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. South Branch Library - “Lincoln and Civil Rights during the Civil War”
Dr. Gustav Seligmann, Professor of History at UNT will deliver this final talk in the series.
Genealogy/Special Collections Programs:
Saturday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m. Emily Fowler Central Library - Civil War Research
Information on how to find those who served in the Civil War and where they served, and how to find additional information about their experiences.
Friday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m. Emily Fowler Central Library - Lincoln and Log Cabins
Learn about Abraham Lincoln and the history of log cabins. Best for ages 8-12.
Wednesday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. North Branch Library - The Secret Codes of the Underground Railroad
Learn about the quilt codes used by runaway slaves trying to reach freedom in 19th Century America. Best for ages 6-9.
Friday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. South Branch Library - Lincoln’s Favorites from the Farm
Enjoy some of President Lincoln’s favorite treats. Best for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
For more information, call (940) 349-8752
South Branch Library
3228 Teasley Ln.
Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
North Branch Library
3020 N. Locust St.
Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Constitution
“Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads”
This online game was produced by the National Constitution Center to invite students to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.
These programs are made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Constitution Center; the American Library Association; and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.