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Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War: HVCC Lincoln Events

Visit the Exhibit

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War", a traveling national exhibition, will be on display at the Marvin Library Learning Commons from Friday, January 18 through Thursday, February 28. This exhibition explores how Lincoln used the U.S.Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War -- the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge in the library's Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium during regular library hours.

All are welcome to attend related scheduled programs. School groups are requested to contact the library before planning a visit to the exhibit. Please e-mail or call 518-629-7333 to make arrangements for group visits.

Walk-through of the exhibit

Can't view the exhibit in person?  Want a preview before bringing your students or before completing a related assignment?  Take a ten-minute walkthrough with Dr. Steve Frank, Chief Interpretive Officer at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, of the "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" traveling exhibition for libraries.

Related Programming and Presentations

Unless otherwise noted, all events are held in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium at the HVCC main campus at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180.  Visit the College Web page for directions to campus.  For full descriptions of the presentations below, visit the HVCC Lincoln Exhibit Web site.

Tuesday, January 29
11 a.m.
Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School
"How a Railroad Lawyer Became the Great Emancipator"
Followed by:
Opening Reception in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium,
Marvin Library Learning Commons

Wednesday, February 6
Reverend Dr. Edward B. Smart, "First" Israel AME Church, Albany
"Freedom's Eve: The Tradition of the Watch Night"

Monday, February 11
6:30 p.m. AT TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 100 2nd Street  Troy, NY 12180
Dr. P. Thomas Carroll, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway
"The Capital Region's Role in the Story of the U.S.S. Monitor"

Thursday, February 21
1 p.m.
Seth Bongartz, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
"Lincoln's Five Key Decisions"

Monday, February 25
11 a.m.
Dr. Allen Ballard, University at Albany, SUNY
"African-American Troops in the Civil War" 

Tuesday, March 5
Mark L. Wesner, Keefe & Wesner Architects
"Lincoln's Other Address: Making Over the Hildene Farm in Manchester, Vermont"


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 traveling 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.

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