January 15, 2011 - March 20, 2011
With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition,
an exhibition created by the Library of Congress, will open at The
Durham Museum on January 15, 2011. The exhibition offers the public the
opportunity to view rarely seen treasures from the Library of Congress'
With Malice Toward None charts
Lincoln's growth from prairie lawyer to preeminent statesman and
addresses the monumental issues he faced, including slavery and race,
the dissolution of the Union, and the Civil War. The exhibit reveals
Lincoln the man, whose thoughts, words, and actions were deeply affected
by personal experiences and pivotal historic events. By placing
Lincoln's words in a historical context, the exhibition gives visitors a
deeper understanding of how remarkable Lincoln's decisions were for
their time and why his words continue to resonate today.
The exhibit marks the
greatest assemblage of objects from the Library of Congress' Lincoln
collections in history. It includes letters, photographs, political
cartoons, period engravings, speeches, and artifacts. The actual grammar
book studied by Lincoln in his effort to master English, the notes he
prepared in advance of his debates with Senator Stephen Douglas, and the
personal scrapbook he assembled of newspaper clippings of the debates
bring this iconic figure to life. Other items will include campaign and
election ephemera and such treasures as a facsimile of an autobiography
that Lincoln supplied to admiring biographers, his penciled "Farewell
Address" as he boarded the train from Springfield, Ill., his first
Inaugural Address, the Bible upon which he took the oath of office on
March 4, 1861 (the same one used by President Obama in 2009), a
facsimile of his unforgettable Gettysburg
Address and a rare lithograph of a final draft of the Emancipation
Proclamation. Military enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the
highly critical letter Lincoln wrote but never sent to Gen. George Meade
following the Battle of Gettysburg and the letter of thanks to Gen.
William T. Sherman for the capture of Savannah, Ga.
The exhibition will include
the Lincoln family Bible, a caned chair from the Lincoln and Herndon Law
Office on loan from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and the contents
of Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated. This stunning
exhibition will complete a five-city tour at The Durham Museum.
With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition and its national tour are made possible through the generous support of Union Pacific.
locally by the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, Peter Kiewit Sons’,
Inc., Douglas County Commissioners, Mutual of Omaha, First National
Bank, Valmont Industries, Inc., the Dixon Family Foundation, the Dillon
Foundation, the Robert H. Storz Foundation, and Howard and Rhonda Hawks.
Media support provided by WOWT Channel 6.