De Paul Library Offers Lincoln Collection Tours

2/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

Special Mid-Week Tours Available Through March 6

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—University of Saint Mary De Paul Library will host guided tours of the USM Lincoln Collection as well as the traveling Lincoln, the Constitution & the Civil War exhibit Feb. 12 through March 6 as part of the university’s month-long tribute to the storied president. 

Special tours are available by appointment from 1-2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and from 4:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening through March 6. Please call 913-758-6306 to schedule an appointment.
Lincoln, the Constitution & the Civil War, a traveling exhibit for libraries, is on display at USM’s De Paul Library through March 22. The public is invited to attend the exhibit’s opening from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, featuring an introduction to the exhibit by Dr. Bryan Le Beau, USM’s academic vice president.
The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. As part of the exhibit, the NEH provided Saint Mary with a grant that helped support a number of the related events.
The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech and the Emancipation Proclamation.
The late Dr. Bernard H. Hall, director of psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan., donated USM's Lincoln Collection in 1969. Noteworthy items in USM’s 10,000-piece Lincoln Collection include an original copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Lincoln, a letter signed by President and Mrs. Lincoln, and a lock of Lincoln’s hair purportedly taken at the time of the Lincoln’s death. The USM Lincoln Collection is thought to be the largest such collection west of the Mississippi.
Other key dates in USM’s Celebrating Lincoln program include:

  • The annual USM Lincoln-Douglas Debate from 11:15 a.m.-noon in the Mead Hall Walnut Room on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The yearly debate features teams of USM students arguing prominent issues in the style of the event’s namesakes, and the debate is judged by Kansas First Judicial District Judge Robert Bednar.

  • The 15th Annual Lincoln EventLincoln Executive Power & the Constitution featuring Dr. Jennifer Weber, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas. The Lincoln Event is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day), in USM’s Xavier Theatre. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • An Evening with David Von Drehle: Lincoln & The Emancipation Proclamation at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 in USM’s Xavier Theatre. Attendees will get a chance to meet the speaker at a book signing immediately following the event.

Call 913-758-6306 to schedule a tour or go to for more information on USM’s Celebrating Lincoln & The Constitution.