The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has developed a special poster exhibition of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, One Life: The Mask of Lincoln. The exhibition, which commemorates the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, and can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery.
Drawn from the Portrait Gallery’s unrivaled collection of Lincoln portraits, it charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a troubled visage as he led the fight for the Union, culminating in his grizzled isolation as president.
This poster exhibition version of The Mask of Lincoln gives students in classrooms across the country unprecedented access to the many faces of Lincoln. These portraits invite the viewer to examine closely the complex and mysterious man who came from nothing and was nationally unknown almost to the moment of his nomination for the presidency. Shaping himself to the uncertainties of the present, mindful of his role as the heir to the Founders, it was Lincoln’s ability that led the nation where it never intended to go: from a political crisis over states’ rights to the revolutionary act of abolishing slavery.
Geared to middle school and high school students and teachers of history and American Studies, this poster exhibition will provide a long-lasting and visually attractive complement to libraries and classrooms.
Sunday, August 25 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hearst Center for the Arts, Dresser-Robinson Gallery
304 W Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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