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Abraham Lincoln traveling learning station exhibit coming to UNCW’s Randall Library


Abraham Lincoln traveling learning station exhibit coming to UNCW’s Randall Library on April 26-May 20, 2010

“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” features reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

A national traveling exhibit featuring reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois is coming to University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Randall Library from April 26-May 20, 2010. The public may view the exhibit free of charge.

The exhibit covers Lincoln’s childhood, his self-education, his careers as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination, and other important periods and events in his life. The reproduction artifacts on display, all modeled from originals in the Presidential Library and Museum, include: Lincoln’s favorite books; his son Tad’s toy cannon; the nameplate from his Springfield home; his stovepipe hat, which he used like a briefcase to hold important papers; a Presidential campaign banner; an axe that Lincoln used to chop wood; the bloody gloves found in Lincoln’s pocket the night of his assassination; and many other unique and interesting items.

The traveling learning station exhibit is being displayed in 40 public libraries and historical societies over the next several months. It was one of just two “We, the People” programs for the Lincoln Bicentennial funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit travels the nation from September 2008 through September 2010.

Abraham Lincoln, the son of a subsistence farmer, came of age during a dramatic transformation in America’s economic life. Like many of his contemporaries, he embraced a new emphasis on personal initiative, risk-taking, and ambition. He was only 22 when he left his family home to find his own way. After enduring a series of personal failures in business, he became a prosperous attorney, devoted husband and father, successful politician, and, finally, the 16th President of the United States. While Lincoln benefited from close association with a number of powerful friends, his own talents and ambitions combined with hard work and a dedication to self-improvement to produce a unique American specimen - the self-made man.

“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. The “We, the People” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency, provided major financial support for the exhibition and accompanying programs. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the History Channel provided additional financial and in-kind support. The American Library Association of Chicago and the Tribeca Film Institute of New York made strong contributions to the exhibit programming.

Events are sponsored by UNCW’s Randall Library, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Upperman African American Cultural Center, The Publishing Laboratory, and the Departments of Art and Art History, Creative Writing, English, History, and Psychology. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and the UNCW Counseling Center also provided support.

For more information about the “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” exhibit, visit, or contact Rachel Radom, First Year Experience & Public Programming Librarian (, 910-962-2170).

To schedule a visit for a class or group, please make arrangements by calling Rachel Radom, First Year Experience & Public Programming Librarian (, 910-962-2170). Free parking is located approximately 800 feet from the library in Visitor Parking Lot F. You can view the campus map, with visitor parking lots identified by a “V” in a circle, here:

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