Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Exhibit and Special Events

Presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Walnut Creek Library partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia on a new exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The exhibition is traveling to select cities around the country from 2009 through 2015. Walnut Creek was one of those select cities.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” ran from December 14, 2012, through February 8, 2013, at the Walnut Creek Library. Seven special companion events were held during the exhibit’s run.

Future exhibit sites – The exhibit will be at the Museum on Main/Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society, in Pleasanton June 12 – July 26, 2013; and the Museum of San Ramon Valley in Danville March 18 – May 1, 2015. See the full schedule online.

The seven programs and events were attended by more than 1,600 people. A few programs were filmed by Walnut Creek TV and Contra Costa TV and can be viewed below.

Lincoln at the Library ~  Open House

December 2012   See the open house on the WCTV YouTube Channel.

Songs & Poetry of the Civil War

This moving program at the Walnut Creek Library highlighted the personal stories of the Civil War through popular wartime anthems and the poetry of some of the most prolific and profound Civil War-era writers.

Vikram Amar – A Nation Divided

UC Davis Constitutional Law Professor Vikram Amar presented Lincoln’s views on partisanship, states’ rights, and the institutional role of the Supreme Court and exploreed what lessons Lincoln’s approach might have for the modern era.

Walnut Creek Library   1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA; (925) 977-3340

Mon. thru Thurs., 10am-8pm & Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm

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5 Responses to “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War”

  1. Janet Ghirardelli February 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I would be happy to volunteer to help with the Lincoln exhibit.

  2. S.F. Webster, M.D. December 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I’m interested in volunteering at the Mr. LIncoln exhibit. Please E-mail if you need help. Sincerely, Steven F. Webster, M.D.

  3. Thank you Dr. Webster! You can email lincolnexhibit@wclibrary.org and they will let you know about volunteer needs.

  4. John and Jean Geyer January 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    We are attempting to reserve seating for the Jan. 17th event at
    6:30 p.m., but I am unsuccessful.

    Please respond. Phone is 925.323.6132.

    Thank you.
    Jean Geyer
    j.geyer@comcast.net

  5. The program on Jan. 17 is full. Call the WC Library at 977-3340 if you’d like to be put on the waiting list.