Mountain Home's Donald W. Reynolds Library, which serves Baxter County, is hosting the traveling exhibit "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" from September 25 to November 9. An opening reception is September 25 at 5:00 p.m.
The Library is one of only 50 libraries across the country to host the exhibit on its first tour.
Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. More than 100 images, historical documents and artifacts from the collections of The Lincoln Museum, and other nationally prominent institutions are incorporated into a variety of innovative and interactive exhibit formats.
Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war--the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibit with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation's gravest constitutional crisis.
The exhibit is offered through the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in partnership with The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with funding from Lincoln Financial Group. The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" will remain at the Library through November 9. Group tours led by Reference Librarian Vincent Anderson in historical era costume are available by appointment.
To schedule a tour, contact Vincent Anderson at Vincent.firstname.lastname@example.org or (870)-580-0987 x2932.
Visitors to the exhibit will also enjoy these associated activities:
- Let Your Voice Be Heard - After touring "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," grab a Post-it note and post your thoughts on the "Sound Off" Board. Notes will be displayed for up to 6 weeks.
- Play "Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads" - an educational game based on the traveling exhibition.
- View Civil War documentaries - "Touched by Fire: Bleeding Kansas" & "Bloody Dawn: The Lawrence Massacre". Videos will run continuously in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Library during the exhibit.
- See Civil War artifacts from the Battle of Vicksburg & the Battle of Murfreesboro on display from the private collection of Charlie Hammett.
Lecturer Michael Dougan, PhD
Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Discover the people and political parties in Arkansas during the Civil War and the connections to Lincoln.
Lecturer Brooks Blevins, PhD
Sunday, October 7, 1:30 p.m.
Presenting life and times in the Ozarks during the Civil War.
Miss Ellie and 1st Sgt. Lewis - Historical Reenactors
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m.
Interactive program introduces the audience to many of the incredible acts women performed in the name of support, survival, and sanity during the American Civil War. You will meet nurses, smugglers, soldiers, spies, as well as lots of unusual ladies who gave their "all" to the war effort. Program is appropriate for all ages.
Civil War Movie Matinee
Friday, October 12, 1:30 p.m.
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, reluctantly agrees to defend the lone female defendant before a military tribunal. 122 Minutes, Rated PG-13.
Skype with Robin Oliveira, Author of My Name Is Mary Sutter
Wednesday, November 7, 1:00 p.m.
Join us for lunch, discussion, and Skype session with Robin Oliveira. In her stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine--and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak--Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Tickets are $10, which includes lunch by Blackbird Caf, a chance to win a Kindle, books, and more. Books are currently available for check out. Click here to register at or call (870) 580-0987 x2975.