In coordination with their current special exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” The Holland Land Office and Museum will host a lecture by Prof. Derek Maxfield, Genesee Community College, on Saturday, January 11th at 6:00 PM. The talk is entitled “Lincoln: Constitutional Pragmatist.” The event is free and open to the public.
According to Maxfield, “For Lincoln, the most important American political document was the Declaration of Independence. The spirit of that document infused the Constitution of 1787 and shaped the views of the “Great Emancipator.” During the war, Lincoln said time and again that his premier duty was to save the Union. To do that, he believed, meant upholding the spirit of the Constitution – not the letter. This lecture will explore Lincoln’s view of the Constitution in peace and war and will demonstrate his necessary pragmatism.”
The Lincoln exhibit will be at HLOM through Jan. 27th, 2014 and is sponsored by The National Constitution Center, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.