Exclusive Lincoln Exhibit Opens at Worthington Libraries


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Abraham Lincoln


Revered by many for his significant contributions to United States history, including the preservation of the Union and the abolishment of slavery, Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable life has been extensively documented throughout the years. This fall, Worthington residents will have an opportunity to learn more about Lincoln’s life during the most tumultuous years of his presidency.

Worthington Libraries was selected to host the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” This special opportunity, which was awarded to only 250 sites across the country, will be open to the public from September 3 to October 16 at Old Worthington Library.

The 1,000-square-foot exhibit, which was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the political and constitutional challenges that Abraham Lincoln faced during the Civil War. From the secession of the southern states to slavery and wartime civil liberties, guests will explore Lincoln’s use of the Constitution to confront conflict and will gain a better understanding of his determination in the face of tremendous struggle.

In addition to the exhibit, the library has planned a variety of Lincoln-themed events for the whole family to enjoy.


  • Opening Night Celebration - On September 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the library will host a special opening celebration for the exhibit. Stop by to hear a talk by Michael Les Benedict, professor emeritus at The Ohio State University, entitled “Lincoln and Constitutional Politics in the Civil War Era” and to enjoy a sampling of some of Lincoln’s favorite foods.


  • Wednesday Nights With Lincoln – Beginning September 16, the library will host a series of Wednesday night events featuring an exciting lineup of topics, including a look at film and TV portrayals of Lincoln, Ohio’s role in the Underground Railroad, Mathew Brady’s iconic portraits of the president, the genealogy of Lincoln and Ohio’s connection with his untimely death. Events will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 and 10/14.


  • The Civil War On Screen – Don’t miss your chance to see Glory, 12 Years a Slave, and Lincoln - three Oscar-winning films that tell a unique story about life during the Civil War and offer a glimpse into Lincoln’s role during this difficult time in our country’s history. Glory - 9/15, 7 p.m., 12 Years a Slave - 9/20, 2 p.m., Lincoln - 9/27, 2 p.m.


  • Children’s Activities – Looking for a fun way to teach your little one about Honest Abe? On September 12 at 10 a.m., the library will host a special Lincoln story time. Children will not only learn about the sixteenth president through stories and songs, but they will also make a stovepipe hat and pose for penny portraits. On October 3 at 2:30 p.m., American Girl fans will enjoy an afternoon of stories, activities and snacks inspired by Addy, American Girl’s Civil War-era doll.


Old Worthington Library is located at 820 High Street, one block north of the intersection of High Street and Dublin-Granville Road in Old Worthington. For a full list of the library’s Lincoln-inspired events, including Civil War artillery demonstrations and a family-friendly Civil War baseball game, visit www.worthingtonlibraries.org.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.