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Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York, NY 10036-5900)
Susan F. Saidenberg (Project Director: September 2007 to April 2014)
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, A Traveling Exhibition

The production of a six-section panel exhibition, Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, to travel to 40 libraries and be accessible online along with an exhibition brochure, a multimedia resource kit and video, and programming for the public at both the local and national level.

To mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, with the History Channel and the National Museum of American History, proposes to create a panel exhibition entitled Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, which will travel to libraries. Lincoln's actions to preserve the Union and to end slavery, and his commitment to every American's "right to rise", are the exhibition themes. Drawing primarily from Lincoln's words, the exhibition will show how he transcended his age and left a legacy that resonates for us today. The project will use a variety of program formats and new technologies: a video, "Decoding Lincoln's Legacy," featuring five Lincoln historians; an interactive CD-ROM, "Mr. Lincoln's War: Selected Letters, Photographs, & Songs"; an online version; and programs at the NMAH. The exhibition will appeal to a broad audience and encourage a deeper understanding of Lincoln and his impact on the history of the nation.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibitions

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 12/31/2012