Visit from Abe Lincoln kicks off Penn State Harrisburg exhibit opening

November 08, 2010

The Penn State Harrisburg library celebrated its new Abraham Lincoln exhibit with a visit from a special guest. Lincoln, as portrayed by respected actor and historian James Getty, greeted guests and recounted stories, personal and political, from his life. The event kicked off the opening of “Forever-Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” a traveling exhibition on display in the library until Dec. 10.

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 11, Frank Goodyear, associate curator of photographs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery will join Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities faculty members Charles Kupfer and David Witwer, both associate professors of American studies and history, in a symposium on Lincoln and his time. The event is free and open to the public.

Organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), the “Forever Free” exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

To see video of Getty's portrayal of Lincoln, visit online.

  • James Getty portrays 'The Great Emancipator,' Abraham Lincoln. To see video of Getty's portrayal of Lincoln, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Sharon Siegfried

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Last Updated November 18, 2010