Lincoln is Center Stage for Close of Wisdom of the Ages Exhibition | Benedictine College

Lincoln is Center Stage for Close of Wisdom of the Ages Exhibition

Friday, November 14, 2014

On November 8, "Thomas Jefferson" visited the Benedictine College campus in the form of Bill Barker, the actor who has portrayed Jefferson for more than 20 years at Colonial Williamsburg. That appearance was in conjunction with the Wisdom of the Ages exhibit, which includes a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, a first edition of "Common Sense," the 1789 record of the first Acts of Congress, and other Early American documents.

The focus then moved to Abraham Lincoln and the documents from the Civil War era, which include a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a first edition of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," a record of the Supreme Court case regarding Dred Scott, and more. On November 20, Dr. Wilfred McClay, Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, gave a presentation on "The Moral Calling of Prudence: The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln." That presentation was sponsored by the Benedictine College Honors Program and was made possible by a gift from the Haverty Family Foundation.

On December 3, Dr. Kimberly Shankman, Dean of Benedictine College, will offer a presentation in commemoration of the historic visit to Atchison by Abraham Lincoln on that date in 1859. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center.

The first public notice of the Emancipation Proclamation was seen in the New York Times in September 1862 and the front page of that publication (seen here) is part of the Wisdom of the Ages exhibition. The display will be open for one hour prior to the presentation. The public will be able to view the exhibit in the McAllister Board Room in the Ferrell Academic Center from 6-7 p.m. on Dec 3. This will be the final public viewing of these historic documents before they are boxed up and shipped back to their home at The Remnant Trust in Indiana.

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