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Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit: Home

About the Exhibit

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January 21 – March 13, 2015
Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War explores the Lincoln presidency, rousing debate on one of the most controversial leaders of his time and the most written about American president in history.  Was Lincoln the Great Emancipator, justly standing to destroy the institution of slavery in the United States, or simply a skilled politician, using every means to protect the Union?

Explore these issues and more as Lavery Library hosts the traveling exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Developed by the National Constitution Center, in collaboration with the American Library Association, and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

Exhibit Hours

Monday - Thursday                                7:45 am - 12:00 Midnight
Friday                                                   7:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday                                               8:45 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday                                                 8:45 am -  12:00 Midnight

Check our library website for updates to Library hours.

Exhibit directions

Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 (Get Directions)

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Parking is available to visitors in lots A, B, C, D, F, L, R and W. 
See the campus parking
map for locations.  Parking is free to all visitors.

For more information, contact Nancy Greco, or 585-385-8139

High School and Junior High School Visits

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 21
Lavery Library Main Level
Featuring Music by the Irish Volunteers Civil War Band
Student Docents, and Refreshments
Opening remarks by Dr. Donald Bain,
President, St. John Fisher College
Promptly at 7:15pm

Movie: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Starring Benjamin Walker
Tuesday, January 27
Sponsored by Campus Life
Main Stage, Campus Center

Lincoln across the Disciplines:
How Lincoln and The Civil War Changed America

Faculty Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 5
Lavery Library Keating Room

"Young Man Lincoln:
Joshua Speed and the Crucible of Greatness."
Guest Lecture by Dr. Charles B. Strozier

Professor of History, Psycho-Historian, and the founding Director of the Center on Terrorism,
John Jay College, City University of New York
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and special thanks to Dr. James Bowers
Wednesday, February 11
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lavery Library Keating Room

Abraham Lincoln Birthday Party
Monday, February 16
Noon – 1:30
Join the Library staff for cake
and a Log Cabin building contest!
Lavery Library Main Level

All Day High School Visits
Monday, March 2: School of the Arts
Tuesday, March 3: Holly Central School, 11th grade
Wednesday, March 4: Brockport Middle School
Thursday, March 5: Gates Chili High School  

Tim Madigan portraitClosing Ceremonies
"'We Are All Liberated by This Proclamation': Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery in the United States”
Lecture by Dr. Timothy Madigan
Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, March 12
Lavery Library Keating Room

Frederick Douglass and the North Star
January 21 – April 30
Historical Artifact Display
Main Lobby, Lavery Library

Lincoln-Douglass “Partners in Freedom”
January 21-February 28
Panel Display from the Rochester Regional Library Council
Lower Level Gallery, Lavery Library

Irish Influence in the American Civil War
March 1 – April 16
Exhibit from the Irish Heritage Museum
Lower Level Gallery, Lavery Library

Limited Edition Letterpress Print Celebrating
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Commissioned by Lavery Library
Original wood-engraved image by Steven Lee-Davis

Exhibit Sponsors

The exhibit 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.