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    During this 150th Anniversary of the final days of the American Civil War, we recall through this exhibit the life and death of President Abraham Lincoln. No other president captured the imagination of this nation more than he did. Lincoln was raised simply and was selfeducated, but rose to the highest office in our land. In that office, he was to preside over the most devastating war in our nation’s history.

    His tragic assassination in April 1865 brought America to a level of grief never before experienced. People in cities, including Cleveland, paid their respects by the hundreds as Lincoln’s funeral train traveled a solemn route from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois where his body was, at last, laid to rest.

    Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 is a 4-month commemoration of our sixteenth President on the 150th Anniversary of his final visit to Cleveland. His body laid in state at what is now known as Public Square on April 28, 1865. From February through May 2015 you can be part of the remarkable exhibits and events paying tribute to a man whose legacy has become tightly woven into the history of our country.

    Exhibit hosted by the Cleveland Public Library in partnership with:


    Civil War Living History Day

    March 28, 2015 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Main Library, Youth Services, 4th floor


    All ages will enjoy experiencing the Civil War Living History Day that will be held in Youth Services. The event is in conjunction with the Lincoln at Cleveland Exhibit at Main Library. Experience what it was like being a soldier during the Civil War. There will be stations set up about a soldier’s life, roles that women had, and a scavenger hunt. Participants will be from the 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Company G., Living History Association, the James A. Garfield Camp, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.


    Presentation: The Civil War Through the Window of American Art

    May 30, 2015 | 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.
    Main Library, Treasure Room, Special Collections, 3rd floor


    Author Jess Bryant Wilder (author of Art History for Dummies, 2007 and former senior editor of Northern Ohio LIVE) will do a multimedia presentation exploring artwork created during the Civil War. Artists such as Winslow Homer, Timothy O’Sullivan, Alfred Waud and others would sketch or photograph on-site during and after the battles. Also included are illustrators and cartoonists such as Thomas Nast and Adelbert Volk who published their artwork in various newspapers and publications.