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Throwback Thursday: Lincoln Statue

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

This week, we have an 8″x10″ glass plate negative of the bronze statue that sits outside of the Nebraska State Capitol building. Shown in profile, this statue of Abraham Lincoln stands on a granite pedestal and behind it, carved into the granite wall, is the Gettysburg Address.

This statue was dedicated in a ceremony on September 12, 1912 and predates the current capitol building. The statue is located on the west side of the building.

This photo is part of the Townsend Studio collection on the Nebraska Memories archive. The studio holds a collection of glass plate and acetate negatives of early Lincoln and early residents.

Interested in Nebraska history? Find out more about this photo in the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. The Nebraska Memories archive is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information.

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#BookFaceFriday “Abraham Lincoln”

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth a new #BookFaceFriday!

"Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting For" BookFace Image

Wait, that’s not how that one goes… my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Golka, would be aghast! Looks like I should be boning up on my presidential knowledge, and just in time for Presidents’ Day. A good place to start would be with James A. Rawley’s “Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting For” (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).  It’s described as a vividly descriptive, concise, and fresh look at Lincoln’s presidential years. As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program.

“Complementing his impressive rendition of Lincoln’s bold and increasingly competent administration of the government, Rawley offers a brief background and succinct opinions on virtually every significant incident and issue in Lincoln’s public and private life. . . . Rawley has written a valuable study.”
Civil War History

James A. Rawley is Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of numerous books, including Turning Points of the Civil War (Nebraska 1989), The Politics of Union: Northern Politics during the Civil War (Nebraska 1974), and Secession: The Disruption of the American Republic, 1844–1861.

This week’s #BookFace model is our Planning and Data Services Coordinator, Sam Shaw!

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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Remembering the Gettysburg Address

Next Tuesday November 19 is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.  To commemorate the address, Ken Burns is starting a project to have everyone in America video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.  People participating in this project include President Obama, Louis C.K., Taylor Swift, Martha Stewart, and Stephen Colbert.  Hear Librarian of Congress James Billington recite the speech at the Library of Congress Blog.  For more info on the project, visit Learn the Address .  To read more about the speech, see the Library of Congress’ online exhibit.

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