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About the Lincoln Exhibit

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.


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The traveling exhibit "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," opens July 11, 2012 at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.
(Courtesy Alusiv Inc.)

Event Schedule

Docent Tours July 11 - Aug. 24
Explore the exhibit with free docent-led tours. Please call to register groups.
Monday-Thursday, 11am-2pm and 4-7pm
Fridays, 1-4pm
Saturdays, 10am-1pm and 1-4pm
KICKOFF Thursday, July 12
Library hosts Business After Hours 5:30-7:30pm
Docent-led tours. Period music. VIP introductions. Networking opportunities. Reception. Registration and fee apply.
Lincoln Impersonator 11:30am (ages 5-13)
2:00pm (ages 13+)
Jim Getty, the nation's leading Lincoln impersonator, will make a presentation explaining the difficult decisions he faced. He will talk about why he believed in the Constitutionality of his decisions to suspend various civil liberties and be open to questions from the audience. Mr. Getty is well-known for his detailed understanding and ability to portray Lincoln.
Craft & Toy Demonstration 10am-4pm
Demonstrations of period crafts, toys and games.
Civil War Music 10-11:30am

Performance and musical history by the Federal City Brass Band. Accurate music, instruments and uniforms.

Interactive Online Game 3:00pm
Chretien Guidry (CSM) will moderate a discussion using the online interactive game on Lincoln’s Crossroads. Attendees will be able to consider and discuss what would have happened if Lincoln had chosen differently.
Military Demonstrations & Encampment All Day

Hands-on demonstrations of daily life for Confederate Soldiers. Grateful appreciation for participation to:

The Orphan Brigade, Camp 2166
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Maryland Division
Army of Northern Virginia

"Thy despot's heel is on thy shore:" President Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney Go to War Over Maryland 10:00am
Presented by Chief Justice Frank Williams (Rhode Island). President Lincoln performed some controversial acts including authorizing the suspension of habeas corpus on the rail lines from Washington to Philadelphia. While Lincoln wanted Maryland to remain in the Union, arbitrary arrests and detention of suspected disloyalists upset many Marylanders who called him a tyrant, despot and vandal. The arrest and imprisonment of John Merryman set the stage for a major battle between the President and Chief Justice Taney, a Calvert County native. This is that story.
President Lincoln and his Role as Commander-In-Chief 11:00am
Bradley Gottfried will evoke discussion of the impact of Lincoln’s strong hand in military decisions, on the outcome of the war.
Emancipating Lincoln: How the Great Emancipator Led - and Misled - America to Freedom 2:00pm
Harold Holzer will explore the events of the summer of 1862—exactly 150 years ago—when Lincoln unleashed a complex, often confusing, and much discussed-since public relations and political campaign to prepare the country for his Emancipation Proclamation.  The author of this new book will recall what Lincoln said, refused to say, whom he told, and whom he excluded, in the furious run-up to America’s second Declaration of Independence.
Lincoln, His Navy and the Civil War 3:00pm
Craig Symonds presents a portrait of a man out of his element striving to learn as he leads.
Kids Learn About Lincoln

Tuesdays, July 24-Aug. 14

Children K-5th grade are invited to join us for 45 minutes of readings and crafts that celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln. Registration required. Topics:

July 24: Young Lincoln

July 31: Lincoln and Slavery

August 7: Lincoln Goes to Washington

August 14: Lincoln and the Civil War

Saturday, August 18: Mourning Lincoln

Frederick Douglass

Saturday, July 28

Bill Grimmette as Frederick Douglass (MD Humanities Council)  

President Lincoln and President Obama

Thursday, August 2
7:00 - 8:30pm

Chretien Guidry (CSM) hosts a discussion/debate about the parallels between President Lincoln’s Oath of Office and that of President Obama. The political environment, Constitution-related challenges, and expectations of the future affected both inaugurations. The two Presidents’ similar Cabinet selection could be discussed as well.
Genealogical Workshop: “How to Find Your Family’s Civil War History”

Saturday, August 4
10:00am - 12:00pm

John Deeben, Genealogy Archives Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration, will cover the basics on researching both Union and Confederate Army service and then be available to answer questions.
Clara Barton Impersonator

Thursday, August 9
7:00 - 8:00pm

Mary Ann Jung as Clara Barton. This show gives an excellent representation of battlefield nursing during the Civil War and Ms. Jung involves the audience in a thought-provoking discussion of why there was a war and what it meant to people on a personal level.
Lost River Screening

Saturday, August 11
12:30 - 4:30pm

Screening & Discussion of Lost River, presented by Fred Dellinger. Let's talk about Anna Ella Carroll, whose limited presence in the history books is a controversial topic. Trailer.
The Story of John Wilkes Booth

Wednesday, August 15
7:00 - 8:00pm

Michael Kauffman will present the story of the Booth and his associates. A thorough discussion of their motives will provide additional illumination to several exhibit themes.


on MPT-HD    
June 26 8:00PM Shiloh
  9:00PM Long Shadows: Legacy of the Civil War
on MPT2    
July 7 7:00PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln” - Part 1
July 14 7:00PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln” - Part 2
July 23 7:00PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln” - Parts 3 & 4
July 15 4:00PM Gettysburg and Stories
  5:00PM Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray
July 22 4:00PM Looking for Lincoln


Judge Frank J. Williams, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, is author of Judging Lincoln and other scholarly works about the Civil War President. Frank Williams
Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the politics engulfing the Civil War era. Holzer is a prolific writer and lecturer, a frequent television guest, and chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. Harold Holzer
Craig Symonds, professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy - where he taught naval and Civil War history for 30 years - focuses on the Civl War strategic naval decisions of a president who knew "but little of ships." Craig Symonsd
Jim Getty brings Lincoln to life:  audiences see and hear the President recount his homespun stories of youth, his recollections of his personal and political life, and his special anguish for Gettysburg.

Jim Getty

Dr. Bradley Gottfried will discuss his newest book, The Maps of First Bull Run: An Atlas of the First Bull Run (Manassas) Campaign, including the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, June-October 1861. The book can either take the reader on a long tour through the battlefield or just into one part of the engagement.  It is detailed enough to satisfy the most demanding Civil War student, but its easy prose can captivate most casual enthusiasts.

Bradley Gottfried
Bill Grimmette as Frederick Douglass uses the model of the fable, the legend and the folktale to arouse others to greatness. Bill travels around the globe crafting, collecting and performing stories of personal power and potential to audiences as diverse as pre-K elementary schoolers to executive leaders in Multi-national corporations. Bill Grimmette

Michael Kauffman, author of American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies, calls himself an Assassination Detective. His account of Abraham Lincoln's murder and his killer reads like a fictional thriller, but rests on a stunning amount of original sources and research.

Michael Kauffman

Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar who has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and in newspapers around the world as famous women from history. As Clara Barton, Jung portrays Barton's passion as she relates how she became the first woman to work for the Federal Government, its first female department head, and America’s first woman ambassador.

Mary Ann Jung

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Special Events Schedule (PDF)

Calvert Library Docent Schedule (forthcoming PDF)

Helpful links:Overview of Exhibition Themes
Web Sites with Lesson Plans
Teacher’s Guide (PDF)
Books for Adult Readers
Books for Younger Readers
Related Web Sites
Films and Videos
Bibliography of Additional Resources
Exhibit Panels (zipped PDFs)
Docent Script Template (Word)
Exhibit Script (PDF)
Exhibit Walkthrough Video (YouTube)

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The exhibit is divided into three themes: Divided, Bound & Dissent (Courtesy Alusiv Inc.)