*Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man For All Times - 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:
* Thursdays at Noon: Film Series on Abraham Lincoln, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 12 p.m.;
* Lincoln and San Francisco, Sunday February 8, 2009, Historian and author John William Templeton recounts the many links between Lincoln and San Francisco, including the tribute to Lincoln embedded in the sanctuary of Third Baptist Church and the San Francisco painter whose murals are in the Lincoln Memorial, as well as other paintings in the Main Library and other sites localy, Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 2─4 p.m.;
* Mary: A Novel, Tuesday, February 10, 2009, author Janis Cooke Newman discusses her book; book sale and signing to follow,
Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 6:30─7:30 p.m.;
* Make Your Own Silhouette , Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at 3 p.m. - Crafts for children. Space limited to 20, call for reservations (415) 355-5700. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St.;
* Harriet Tubman Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. , Renowned storyteller J.P Myrick presents, in character, famed African-American humani¬tarian and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Main Library, Second Floor, Fisher Children’s Center 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
* Lincoln, Thomas Starr King, San Francisco, and the Civil War, Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - Historian Charles Fracchia discusses the role of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in California, with a focus on the contributions of Thomas Starr King.
Main Library, Lower Level, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 6 p.m.;
* Andrew Ward reads from his book, The Slave’s War, Thursday, February 26, 2009, The African American Center presents acclaimed historian and author of The Slave’s War, Andrew Ward, who will discuss how he crafted the book, which is the first comprehensive narrative of the Civil War told entirely from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided─the slaves,
Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 6─7 p.m. 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)