A previous version of this article stated the incorrect date for the exhibit's opening reception. The reception is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
An exhibit that's taken more than three years to bring to Aberdeen is now open to the public.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" opened at the Beulah Williams Library at Northern State University on Wednesday after the materials arrived early, but the opening reception is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The library was awarded a grant that covered the cost of shipping the exhibit and some other programming costs, said director Robert Russell.
The Abraham Lincoln exhibit is the third traveling exhibit to be displayed at the NSU library.
It features information panels that show photo reproductions of Lincoln-related documents, including a draft of his first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
"It's about what it took for the Union to stay together," Russell said. "It asks a bigger question of what the Constitution's place is in our lives."
The exhibit doesn't have direct ties to South Dakota, but programming bridges the gap.
— At 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Elden Lawrence, the former president of Sisseton Wahpeton College and ethnic studies professor at Minnesota State University Mankato, will present a talk on Lincoln and his role in the executions of Dakota Indians in Mankato, Minn.
"Lincoln is not as popular and fatherly to the Dakota people and not seen in the same way," Russell said.
Lawrence will provide a different perspective on Lincoln, he said.
— The opening reception Tuesday will showcase members of the string section of the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony playing music from the Civil War era.
"The acoustics are just great in the Round Room," Russell said.
— On Oct. 20, the library, in conjunction with the Brown County Historical Society, will bring in an expert on photography of the Great Plains.
Robert Kolbe will give a talk at 3 p.m. on photography during the Civil War period.
"It's a look at the image of our area that Lincoln would have in his lifetime," Russell said.
— At 7 p.m. Oct. 28, NSU political science professor Jon Schaff will give a talk on Lincoln and the War Powers Act.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. It runs until Nov. 8.
Curriculum materials are available for area schools and visits can be arranged by contacting Shari Theroux at 605-626-2494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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