"With Malice Toward None: The Abraham
Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibit"
The Library of Congress national Lincoln Bicentennial exhibition opened to the public with a congressional ribbon-cutting and public viewing on February 12, 2009. The exhibit charts Lincoln's growth from prairie lawyer to preeminent statesman and addresses the monumental issues he faced including slavery and race, dissolution of the Union and the Civil War. ALBC Co-chair Sen. Richard Durbin described it as the "centerpiece of the national celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial."
Featuring numerous photographs, letters, speeches, campaign artifacts and other rarely seen treasures from the Library's collections, the exhibit highlights "Lincoln the Man" and "Lincoln the Politician" and features an online educational outreach presentation designed for teachers and students.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and acknowledged the exhibit as the first opportunity in 50 years for people to see the rare materials from the world's largest Lincoln collection at the Library of Congress.
"With Malice Towards None" is a traveling exhibition. Exhibit dates and locations are listed below. Visit the Library of Congress for more information.
- June 22–August 22, 2009
The California Museum
- October 10–December 19, 2009
- February 22–April 22, 2010
Indiana State Museum
- September 4–November 6, 2010
Atlanta History Center
- January 8, 2011–March 5, 2011
Durham Western Heritage Museum
Lincoln's Bicentennial in the Nation’s Capital
In addition to Lincoln Commission events, numerous museums and cultural organizations in the Washington area offered exhibits, lectures, concerts, and other tributes to Lincoln throughout the Bicentennial year. Highlights included: