Colby-Sawyer College to Host National Exhibition on Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Legacy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NEW LONDON, N.H., Nov. 9, 2010 – Two centuries after Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 1809, he is one of the most revered figures in our nation’s history. Lincoln’s life, accomplishments and legacy are the subject of a new traveling panel exhibition on display at Colby-Sawyer College.

“Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times” explores how Lincoln transcended his age and left a constitutional legacy for all Americans. The exhibition, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on display from Monday, Nov. 22, through Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

The exhibition tells the story of how Lincoln, a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and Civil War. The exhibition makes extensive use of Lincoln’s own words to encourage a deeper understanding of his principles and his legacy. Drawing on documents, broadsides and ephemera from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, the six panels examine the legacy of slavery and emancipation, and Lincoln’s commitment to every American’s “right to rise.”

The exhibition will travel with a 25-minute film produced by the History Channel, “Decoding Lincoln’s Legacy,” that offers a fresh perspective on the 17th president just before and during the Civil War. Four renowned historians take viewers on a fascinating journey, exploring how Lincoln’s moving words and brilliant strategies were pivotal in steering the nation during its darkest days.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” says Colby-Sawyer College Librarian Carrie Thomas. “Lincoln’s achievements as president are well known, but knowledge about our most famous president is dominated by a set of iconic images. Through reproductions of documents, photographs and posters, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about the challenges Lincoln faced and his accomplishments.”

The Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center is one of 40 sites nationwide selected to host the Lincoln exhibition. The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the 2009 bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The exhibition was curated by Steven Mintz, professor of History at the University of Houston, and Richard Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University.

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college’s vibrant teaching and learning community at

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