Monday, April 15, 2013

Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit at the South Sioux City Public Library April 17th-May 31st


The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue is pleased to host the traveling exhibit entitled, “Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War”.  The exhibit will be at the Library from April 17th-May 31st.

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.

In conjunction with this exhibit we will offer the

• On Saturday April 20th at 2:00 p.m. Black Hawk County Auditor, Grant Veeder, will speak on “Lincoln and the Constitution”.

• Saturday May 4th at 2:00 p.m. Jeff Barnes will speak on “Custer in Nebraska: The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872”.  Already established as an Indian fighter on the Great Plains, George Armstrong Custer’s 1872 visit to Nebraska wasn’t for war, but for entertainment. It was here he met the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and Buffalo Bill Cody to engage in what is possibly the best-known big game hunt in the history of the world. This 140th anniversary presentation – told through the newspaper accounts, photographs and illustrations of the day – also covers the rapid transition of the five-year-old state of Nebraska, beginning with the fastest growing city on the frontier and ending with the relocation of the Indian tribes and disappearance of the buffalo herds of the Great Plains.

• On Tuesday May 7th at 6:30 p.m. Fred Nielsen will speak on Completing, Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War.  In this presentation we discover: The work of peace was, in its way, as difficult as the fighting of the Civil War. After Appomattox, divisive questions remained: What was the place of freed slaves? How would former Confederate states be readmitted to the Union? In the end, Americans put their country back together by often forgetting why they had fought in the first place.

Each program is free and open to the public.  All questions about the exhibit should be directed to David Mixdorf or Dan Nieman at 402-494-7545. 

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