Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War



Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is an exhibit on view in the MU Law Library (first floor of Hulston Hall – see map and parking info), from September 18-October 31, 2014. A complementary exhibit is on view in the Ellis Library Colonnade. In conjunction with this exhibit, the MU Libraries and our cosponsors are hosting a series of events on and off the MU campus during the time the exhibit is here.


Opening Event: The 301: The History of Freedom Suits in Missouri
Wednesday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.  
The State Historical Society of Missouri, Main Gallery

Historian and archivist Kenneth Winn presents his study of the lawsuits filed in Missouri, between 1814 and 1860, by enslaved individuals who turned to the courts in an attempt to secure their freedom. The Dred Scott Case is undeniably the most famous of these attempts. A reception will follow the program.


Kids Day
Saturday, October 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Hulston Hall, Classroom 3

Essex Garner's paintings of Buffalo Soldiers are the focus of his presentation which shows the role and impact of this military force.


Civil War Bus Tour of Columbia
Sunday, October 5
1:00-2:45 and 3:00-4:45 p.m. (repeated tour).  
Registered attendees should meet bus in the parking lot west of Boone County Courthouse, between 6th and 7th Streets, and between Walnut and Ash Streets.

In this tour of historic sites, Rachel Brekhus (MU Libraries), Frank Bowman, III (MU School of Law) and Joan Stack (State Historical Society of MIssouri) resurrect the Columbia of the 1860's, introducing us to the personalities and events that left an indelible mark on local and national history. The bus is ADA compliant.  

Bibliography of historical sources related to the bus tour.


Movie: Lincoln
Thursday, October 9
7:00-7:30 p.m. Pizza and Soda
7:30-8:00 p.m. Discussion
8:00-10:30 p.m. Movie
MU Student Center, Leadership Auditorium 

Art Historian Joan Stack will introduce Spielberg’s epic film, Lincoln. This event is co-sponsored by the MSA/GPC Films Committee.


A Civil War Biography
Wednesday, October 15
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Historian Dennis Belcher will discuss his book General David S. Stanley, USA: A Civil War Biography, the study of a medical student turned solider who participated in some  of the most noteworthy Civil War battles and fashioned the Union cavalry into an important and daunting power in the War’s western theater. Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing.


African-Americans & the Civil War
Thursday, October 16
3:00-4:15 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Noted historian Hari Jones’ lecture “Lincoln’s Legal Loyal League: African Americans in the Union War Effort” will delve into the little-known role that African-Americans played in the Civil War. A reception will follow the presentation.


Live CAT-TV Interview: Aaron Astor On Missouri During and After the Civil War
Saturday, October 18
3:00 p.m.
CAT – TV Studio

Aaron Astor, author of Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, will engage in a live interview and Q /A about post-Civil War developments in the state of Missouri, as Reconstruction was supplanted by a widespread movement toward “white man’s democracy.” 
Co- sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County and presented as the October installation of "League Presents." See for airing times. 
In-studio attendance is by invitation only.  Link to CAT-TV webcast of show, viewable at any time:


Movie: The Battle of Island Mound
Thursday, October 23
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Hulston Hall, Classroom 7

Bill Bryan, Director, Missouri Division of State Parks, will introduce The Battle of Island Mound, a movie commemorating the confrontation between Union and Confederate forces that was the first Civil War combat involving African-American troops. The Battle of Island Mound Historic Site is maintained by the Division of State Parks. A Q&A session will follow the movie.


Researching the Civil War in Government Documents
Monday, October 27
3:00-4:00 p.m.

Marie Concannon, Government Documents Librarian, will discuss techniques for finding primary source documents 
about the Civil War and individuals who participated in it. This is an online session. Marie Concannon, Government Documents Librarian, will discuss techniques for finding primary source documents about the Civil War and individuals who participated in it. Session available 30 minutes before session start time. Go to this website: Guest/Participant Phone: 571-392-7703 Guest/Participants PIN : 795343935442


Abraham Lincoln in Song
Friday, October 31
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hulston Hall, Classroom 7

Endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Chris Vallillo’s historically accurate program showcases period music directly associated with Lincoln using the president’s own stories and words to explore his life and  times and the issues he faced while in office. Not a requirement for attendees, but if you would like, dress in Civil War era clothing. The costume judged best will win a prize. 

Missed the program?  See a video of Chris Vallillo playing "Battle Cry of Freedom" at the beginning of the show.




Exhibit and events sponsored by:

  • American Library Association
  • Columbia Public Library
  • DSA Films Committee
  • League of Women Voters of Columbia – Boone County
  • Missouri Humanities Council
  • MU Department of History
  • MU Department of Political Science
  • MU Libraries
  • National Constitution Center
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Steven A. and Sally Alberty Richardson
  • Stephens College
  • The Mizzou Store
  • The State Historical Society of Missouri
  • University of Missouri Chancellor's Diversity Initiative
  • University of Missouri School of Law