If you’ve stopped by the library recently, you might have noticed the large, colorful exhibits in the lobby and ellipse. They’re part of the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” that we’re hosting through July 13, 2014. Spring Lake District Library was one of only fifty institutions across the US chosen to host this great exhibition!
The exhibit looks at how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the exhibit with the help of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To complement the Lincoln exhibit, we’ll also be hosting a variety of Lincoln-themed programs including the following:
Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
From Home to Trench: The Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing.
Historian and author Dr. Wallace K. Ewing will share a collection of revealing family letters that create a picture of the everyday life of a family just prior to and during the Civil War.
Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln in Song
Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo will perform songs of the Civil War era including songs that Lincoln himself would have sung. Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Vallillo will use original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives to create a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest.
This presentation is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Library of America, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Monday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.
The Road to Andersonville: Michigan Native American Sharpshooters in the Civil War
This is a documentary about the contributions and commitment of Native Americans who volunteered to fight for a country that would not claim them as citizens. Following the film will be commentary from filmmaker Dr. David B. Schock.
Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Road to Emancipation Proclamation
Fred and Bonnie Priebe will portray President and Mrs. Lincoln as they follow the President’s journey to the Emancipation Proclamation and try to answer the question of why Lincoln issued it on January 1, 1863.
Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Civil War Nurse Annie Etheridge
As in any war, during the Civil War, battlefield nurses proved their bravery many times over. Nurse Annie Etheridge was one of these special and courageous people, and now her story will be told through the words of her contemporaries, newspapers, and those that knew her best – the soldiers of the Army of the Republic. Guest speakers include Bernadette, Annie, and Bruce Butgereit of History Remembered.
Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Four Cases that Changed the World: Lincoln and the Constitution in Times of Crisis
“Do we have two Constitutions – one for times of peace and another for times of war? Should we?” Constitutional Law Specialist and Thomas Cooley Law School Professor Devin Schindler will pose and discuss these important questions.
If you come to any of these programs, be sure to give yourself enough time to experience the exhibit as well! We’re really excited to be hosting this exhibit and these programs, and we hope that you enjoy them as well.