Traveling Exhibit Spotlights Lincoln, Constitution, Civil War

College of Wooster libraries host display Oct. 28-Dec. 18

21 October, 2015 by John Finn

The College of Wooster libraries will host a traveling exhibit, titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” beginning Wednesday (Oct. 28) and continuing through Dec. 18 in Andrews and Gault Libraries (1140 Beall Ave.).

Created by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit was awarded to the College Libraries in partnership with the Wayne County Historical Society, Wooster City Schools, and The College of Wooster’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Three related events are planned in support of the exhibit, beginning Thursday (Oct. 29) with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. in the library that will feature musician Keith Metcalf and Civil War era re-enactors Gerald and Marilyn Payn (as Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln) and Ken and Sandy Hutchinson (as Stephen and Rose Adele Cutts Douglas).

The second event, scheduled for next Tuesday (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.), will feature two presentations about the Underground Railroad in northeast Ohio. The first is a talk, titled “Stranger in a Strange Land: Fugitive Escapes in the Great Lakes Region” by Tamika Y. Nunley, assistant professor of history at Oberlin College. The second is an overview of the Underground Railroad section of Wooster’s Digital History Project by Hope Nelson, a sophomore history and anthropology double major at Wooster.

One week later (Tuesday, Nov. 10) a panel, moderated by Josephine Wright, professor of music and The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies as well as the chair of Africana Studies at Wooster, and including local attorneys Margo Broehl and J. Douglas Drushal, and Evan Riley, assistant professor of philosophy at Wooster, will discuss the “14th Amendment: Then and Now” at 7 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall.

Refreshments and question-and-answer sessions will follow each presentation. The exhibit and all of the events are free and open to the public. Additional information about the exhibit and the events is available online or by phone (330-263-2315) or e-mail.