San Francisco Public Library

Abraham Lincoln

*Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man For All Times

Abraham Lincoln This national traveling exhibition examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments and legacy. Lincoln’s path from a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, to the president who guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and Civil War, is depicted in the exhibition. The exhibition also demonstrates how Lincoln transcended his era and left a constitutional legacy for all Americans. To accompany this exhibition, the Library is displaying a selection of materials from its own collections, representing Lincoln’s life, career and legacy, as well as other significant persons and events of the Civil War era. The diverse range of materials includes an 1852 edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Carleton Watkins’ photographs of Lincoln obsequies in San Francisco, and a lithograph commemorating California’s ratification of the 13th Amendment. The influence of the Civil War on California and, specifically, San Francisco, is also spotlighted, with the activities of Thomas Starr King. More contemporary items focus on the visible reminders in San Francisco of our 16th President. Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times is a national traveling exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The traveling exhibition has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of human experience and cultural heritage.

Exhibition: From February 5 through March 5, 2009 Main Library, Sixth Floor, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove) Abraham Lincoln Related Programs: