Lincoln at the Library
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (FLPL) will host an exhibit called Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War and a series of related events. This project is supported by grants from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. It is made possible by the National Park Service and Pillar of Fire.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
Tuesday, April 9 - Sunday, May 5
This exhibit explores the challenges that President Lincoln faced during the Civil War, particularly the crises of secession, slavery, and civil liberties, and how he used the Constitution to confront those challenges.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is a traveling exhibition for libraries that was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.
The Screening Room: John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm
Join the library, Pillar of Fire, and Bookmarks Coffee Shop for a screening of John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln, plus the Screen Directors Playhouse episode “Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog” (1955).
Meet Mr. Lincoln
with Dennis Boggs as Abraham Lincoln
Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will kick off the series Lincoln at the Library with a special presentation on the anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. Dennis Boggs presents an enlightening, informative, and educational look at the life of the 16th President as it might have been told by Abraham Lincoln himself. As Lincoln, Mr. Boggs will cover the years from Lincoln's birth in the wilderness of Kentucky to his early years in Indiana and Illinois, from his time as storekeeper to self-taught lawyer and politician, through his years as President during the Civil War and his death at the hands of an assassin in Ford's Theater. This presentation is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Dennis Boggs of Nashville, Tennessee travels all over the nation bringing Abraham Lincoln's story to life. His credentials include programs for the History Channel and PBS and performances at the Grand Ole Opry and for the U.S. National Park Services. This program is supported by a grant from the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.
The Screening Room: John Gray's The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)
Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Join the library, Pillar of Fire, and Bookmarks Coffee Shop for a screening of John Gray's The Day Lincoln Was Shot, plus the first episode of the five-part Omnibus series “Mr. Lincoln” (1952).
Lincoln, Slave Narratives, and the Abolitionist Movement
with Dr. Lisa G. Minor
Sunday, April 21, 2:00 pm
Many of the best and most honest accounts of American slavery come from the narratives written by slaves themselves. Dr. Lisa Minor will discuss the role slave narratives played in the Civil War era and the abolitionist movement. Specifically, she will focus on the writings of Frederick Douglass, who became a personal friend of Lincoln, and Harriet Jacobs.
Dr. Lisa G. Minor is a Professor of English at the University of North Alabama. She has a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, and her research interests and teaching fields include African-American literature, women writers, Southern writers, and contemporary novels.
The Screening Room: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)
Thursday, April 25, 7:00 pm
Join the library, Pillar of Fire, and Bookmarks Coffee Shop for a screening of Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning Lincoln.
Out of the Margins: Common Whites and their Families in Civil War Alabama
with Dr. Victoria Ott
Sunday, April 28, 2:00 pm
The battles and social movements of the Civil War are frequently analyzed and discussed, but what was life like for average families in the South? Dr. Victoria E. Ott will discuss the lives of poor white families in Alabama during the Civil War, with a particular focus on women. She will also explore Lincoln’s responses to Confederate sentiment in border states and the public response to those actions.
Dr. Victoria Ott is Associate Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College. She has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee. Her research interests and teaching fields include nineteenth-century American history, U.S. women, Old/New South, the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, and the American Revolution era.
Norman Corwin’s The Rivalry
with Will Stutts as Abraham Lincoln and Terry Pace as Stephen A. Douglas
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm
The library and Pillar of Fire will present a concert reading of the critically acclaimed Broadway drama by Norman Corwin, based on the historic political debates between Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln (Will Stutts) and Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas (Pace) in the 1858 Illinois Senate race.
Will Stutts has worked longer and more in the genre of the one-person play than almost any other actor in the world. A native of Alabama, he attended Yale University's School of Drama, has served as Producing Artistic Director at several professional theatres in the U.S., and continues to tour his one person pays throughout the country each season.
Terry Pace co-founded Pillar of Fire--an organization that promotes multiple genres of literature, drama, and film--with author Ray Bradbury. He regularly appears in Pillar of Fire theatrical productions and teaches English at the University of North Alabama.
Lincoln and the Law in War and Peace
with Paul Horwitz
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm
President Lincoln faced a number of legal battles in his struggle to preserve the Union. Mr. Paul Horwitz will discuss how Lincoln used the Constitution to address the challenges he faced during the Civil War. Specifically, he will explore the Emancipation Proclamation and the suspension of habeas corpus.
Paul Horwitz is the Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has an L.L.M from Columbia Law School. His research interests and teaching fields include constitutional law of war, American constitutional history, the First Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment.