Here at the Weinberg Memorial Library, we’re celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday all month long, even though the big day isn’t until Thursday (February 12th). Yesterday, we opened our display of the national traveling exhibit, “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” in the 5th floor Heritage Room.
The exhibit, organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will travel to 63 different libraries in 31 different states. The Weinberg will be hosting the exhibit through March 22nd – to see it, just head up to the 5th floor anytime during the Library’s regular hours.
Want even more Lincoln? There’s still time to register for this Saturday’s free Symposium and Exhibit Opening Reception. We’re excited to have three speakers share their knowledge of Lincoln and his time:
- Dr. Leonard G. Gougeon, The University of Scranton – “In the Heat of War: Lincoln, Emerson, and the Fortune of the Republic.”
- Karen James, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – “Effects of the Abolitionist Movement on Slavery Laws in Pennsylvania.”
- Thomas E. Wooden, Sr., Center for Anti-Slavery Studies – “The Underground Railroad in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Best of all, we’ll be visited by Lincoln actor and historian Jim Getty, who will bring the 16th president “alive” as we celebrate his memory. To join us on Saturday, just call the Special Collections librarian Michael Knies at 941-6341 to register. (And check out Michael’s interview in yesterday’s Scranton Times-Tribune!)