Released June 7, 2017

Corydon Capitol to host traveling Lincoln exhibition


Contact: Laura Spalding, 812.738.4890, [email protected]

CORYDON, Ind. – The public is invited to Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, on view June 24 through July 8, 2017, at the First State Office Building, located at 417 N. Mulberry St. in Corydon, Ind. The exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“We are excited to share the details of Lincoln’s life with the people of southern Indiana,” said Bec Riley, Corydon Capitol State Historic Site administrator. “The exhibition will give us the chance to tell the story of a local boy who made it big.”

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War explores Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the questions that divided America at its most perilous moment: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of separate, sovereign states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure?

Lincoln’s decisions about these three intertwined wartime crises reinvented the Constitution and the promise of American life. Visitors to the exhibition will develop a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The exhibition is organized into five main topics: oath of office, divided, bound, dissent and endures.

To date, the exhibition has traveled to nearly 200 venues across the country.

The exhibition is included with site admission and is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Corydon Capitol State Historic Site  program developer at 812.738.4890 or [email protected].

The traveling panel show of Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War was developed by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the American Library Association, and was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Corydon Capitol State Historic Site is located in Harrison County in southern Indiana. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Corydon became the Indiana Territory capitol in 1813 and Indiana’s first state capital in 1816. From the square, Federal-style limestone capitol to the brick Governor’s headquarters, Corydon is where visitors can discover how the Indiana Territory developed into the great Hoosier state it became. For more information, call 812.738.4890 or email [email protected].