Boonsboro Library to host Lincoln exhibit

October 07, 2008

BOONSBORO - "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America," an exhibit that highlights Lincoln's life and times in honor of his 200th birthday, will be on display from Oct. 11 through Nov 7 at the Boonsboro Free Library.

A branch of the Washington County Free Library at 401 Potomac St., the library is in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, one of 11 certified heritage areas in Maryland.

"This is the only exhibit of its type in the nation and we are thrilled that the Washington County Free Library was selected to host it as part of its tour across America," said Mary Baykan, director of the Washington County Free Library.

There will be a ribbon cutting Monday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. and an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. sponsored by the Hagers-town Washington County Visitors Bureau.


Local musician Jennie Avila will perform new songs she has written, based mostly on local Civil War stories, some of them for their first public performance.

Baykan said Lincoln, as portrayed by Jim Getty, is expected to make an appearance.

The exhibit chronologically examines the 16th president's life from his poor beginnings to his ascension as president and assassination. The exhibit also focuses on Lincoln's self-education and self-improvement, incorporating numerous artifacts and reproductions into its seven learning stations.

In conjunction with this exhibit, David Hildebrand will present a program titled "Music of Early Maryland" on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., including instrumental dance music, ballads, patriotic songs and military marches.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., author James Percoco will host a book talk featuring his book, "Summers with Lincoln." Percoco takes readers on a journey through the small towns and the large cities that are home to some of the monuments erected in memory of Lincoln.

Call the Boonsboro Library at 301-432-5723 for additional information and to reserve a seat at any of these programs; or go to

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