Collections and Connections Fall/Winter 2011 : Page 1

Fall-Winter 2011-2012 WKU Libraries awarded traveling Lincoln exhibit Collections & Connections WKU Libraries was recently awarded a grant to be one of 200 hosts across the country for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents that illustrate how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. On November 3, Carol Crowe-Carraco, WKU History Professor, and Nancy Baird, Kentucky historian, opened the exhibition at the Kentucky Museum with their program “Background of Conflict and the Election of 1860.” Throughout November, faculty, students, and community members enjoyed a series of programs held in conjunction with the exhibit. The concluding discussion was held Tuesday, December 6, with WKU faculty Carol Crowe-Carraco, Patricia Minter, Glenn LaFantasie, Cecile Garmon, and Nancy Baird discussing Lincoln’s legacy and the effects of his Constitutional decisions today. Hundreds enjoy 6th annual Christmas in Kentucky More than eleven hundred students and community members visited the sixth annual “Christmas in Kentucky” Saturday, December 3, following the downtown Christmas parade. “We were very pleased with the turn out,” says Christy Spurlock, Education Curator and organizer of the day. “Everyone had a great time.” The WKU RedShirts sang favorite holiday songs and welcomed Big Red as a featured entertainer. Family activities included making ornaments in the Kentucky Room with WKU student athletes, standing room only performances with Mr. Magic, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a scavenger hunt in the exhibit areas, and gingerbread tasting in the log house.

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