Gail Borden Public Library Foundation Champagne reception to meet President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Call 847-429-4684 to find out about this fundraising event on Friday evening, April 18.

"Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" April 17 - May 30

In panel reproductions of rare historical documents, period photographs, cartoons and memorabilia, this exhibit re-examines President Lincoln's views on slavery and his evolving approach to emancipation during the Civil War. "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" has been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday."


Share Your Experiences & More...

Visit our interactive community discussions to share your own experience through text or other media. View books and websites suggested by our librarians and add your recommendations to the list. See what others in your community are contributing to the Tapestry!


Digital Storytelling

Watch and hear interviews featuring members of your community, subject matter experts, and the people who have been there first-hand!


Civil War Quiz

Take our interactive Civil War Quiz. Answers can also be found in the library’s second floor exhibit.


Lincoln Bicentennial

American Library Association

Gilder Lehrman Institute

Tapestry of Freedom

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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