Lincoln: Self-Made in America

Posted Sep 25th, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library presents LINCOLN: Self-Made in America, a host of special programs and exhibits honoring the 16th President of the United States – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).

· Join us for a special exhibit on loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF) in the Wintergarden of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. This “learning station” exhibit is on view from Friday, October 12 through December 14, 2012 and covers Lincoln’s life from his self-educated childhood through his presidency and assassination. Be sure to view the library’s portrait of Lincoln in the Business Technology Department. (For more information on ALPLF please visit ) “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest president by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit covers Lincoln’s childhood, his self-education, his careers as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination, and other important periods and events in his life. The reproduction artifacts on display, all modeled from originals in the Presidential Library and Museum, include: Lincoln’s favorite books; his son Tad’s toy cannon; the nameplate from his Springfield home; his stovepipe hat, which he used like a briefcase to hold important papers; a Presidential campaign banner; an axe that Lincoln used to chop wood; the bloody gloves found in Lincoln’s pocket the night of his assassination; and many other unique and interesting items. Lincoln, the son of a subsistence farmer, came of age during a dramatic transformation in America’s economic life. Like many of his contemporaries, he embraced a new emphasis on personal initiative, risk-taking, and ambition. He was only 22 when he left his family home to find his own way. After enduring a series of personal failures in business, he became a prosperous attorney, devoted husband and father, successful politician, and, finally, the 16th President of the United States. While Lincoln benefited from close association with a number of powerful friends, his own talents and ambitions combined with hard work and a dedication to self-improvement to produce a unique American specimen – the self-made man.

· Also, join us for Taking Steps to Research Your Civil War Ancestors from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 27 in the Huntington Meeting Room of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Join professional genealogist and lecturer Derek Davey as he discusses the processes, resources and tips involved in researching your ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

LINCOLN: Self-Made in America has been generously funded by the Library Legacy Foundation

For additional information visit, or call 419.259.5233

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