Gala event in Aurora includes visits by 'Presidents'

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The Aurora Historical Society recently celebrated the grand opening of its exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War."

Historical re-enactors portrayed President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, President and Mrs. James A. Garfield, and President Ulysses S. Grant. The re-enactors mingled with guests prior to their presentation and remained in character throughout the entire evening.

After their appearance in the Community Theater, the official unveiling and first tour of the American Library Association's traveling exhibition took place.

Visitors were impressed to see how Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery and civil liberties -- all questions our country's founding charter left unanswered.

As visitors walked through the exhibit, they could see that each section features information about a different aspect of Lincoln's presidency. For example, the section about slavery examines the various policy options Lincoln once embraced and how his thoughts about slavery evolved over time.

Most importantly, the exhibit shows visitors why Lincoln's struggle with the Constitution still matters today.

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: great ideas brought to life.

The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" will be on display at the museum until April 5.

The Aurora Historical Society sponsors free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. For more information, contact Dr. Marcelle Wilson at 330-995-3336 or marcelle10@juno.com, or visit www.aurorahistorical.org.

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