You can't go anywhere these days without someone talking about the movie "Lincoln," which opened in theaters last month. The movie focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office.
But if you want to get an even more up close and personal look at Lincoln, stop by Norwalk Community College, which is currently hosting the national traveling exhibit "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation.
The exhibit is on display in the NCC Baker Library, on the college's East Campus at 188 Richards Ave. The exhibition is open to the public through Wednesday, Dec. 12, and admission is free.
Norwalk Community College was one of only 19 sites in the nation awarded the opportunity to host this historically important exhibition, which commemorates the inspiring presidency of Lincoln, who held the nation together through a bloody civil war and fought for the eradication of slavery and championed the philosophy that all men are created equal.
The theme of the exhibit focuses on how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states; slavery; and wartime civil liberties.
The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This display showcases rarely-seen bills of sale for slaves, letters from Civil War soldiers, court papers, playbills and cartoons from the time, period artifacts and other papers documenting the legal and economic framework that supported slavery before the Civil War.
One of the highlights of the exhibit is the1907 hand-written autobiography of Annie Sloane Ainsworth Sackett, a schoolteacher from Ohio whose childhood home was a stop on the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped slaves escape to freedom.
The historical artifacts on display are part of the Fromson Collection, which was donated to Norwalk Community College by the late Antoinette Duval Fromson, a noted Weston civic leader and political activist.
More than two dozen Lincoln-related events will take place at NCC and in local communities through December.
For information about this exhibition and the many off-campus Lincoln events at libraries and historical societies in the area, see the event brochure available in the NCC Baker Library or visit the Lincoln exhibition website at www.ncc.commnet.edu/lincoln.