Lincoln Exhibit Opens

 

Campus and community members attend the opening reception for "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War."

Campus and community members attend the opening reception for “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War.”

The Atrium of OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center has a historical feel to it thanks to the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War.” An opening reception was held Monday, October 27.

The exhibit explores how our 16th president used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war – the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War: will be retired in early 2015 making OCC one of its final stops on a nationwide tour.

Student docent Karim Abdel-Razek explains the contents of one of the exhibit panels.

Student docent Karim Abdel-Razek explains the contents of one of the exhibit panels.

The exhibit will be on the OCC campus through December 12. The Atrium is open for public viewing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several related events are scheduled for people of all ages.

The exhibit is made possible by the American Library Foundation, the National Constitution Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Council for the Humanities, the OCC Foundation and Onondaga Community College.

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