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Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne

Lincoln Exhibit ceremonies to feature Lieutenant Governor

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND – Opening ceremonies for the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” – now on display in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library – will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 15).
     Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which will take place on the third floor of the library. The public is invited to the free event. Tours of the exhibit, located in the first floor lobby, will follow the ceremony.
     Dardenne was elected to his current position last November, filling the remaining year on an unexpired term. He previously served four years as Secretary of State and 15 years in the state Senate. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate and Government Affairs Committee. In 2003, he was named National Republican Legislator of the Year.
     As part of the ceremony, Southeastern sophomore vocal performance student Sarah Bertrand of Bush will perform “America the Beautiful.”
     Library Director Eric Johnson said the library will host a number of lectures related to Lincoln during the exhibition. The first lecture, “Lincoln’s Louisiana Connection,” will be presented by history instructor Charles Elliott on Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 2 p.m. on the library’s third floor. Information on the exhibit and other scheduled lectures can be obtained by calling the library at 985-549-3962.
     Southeastern’s library is one of only 50 sites in the nation to host the exhibit, which will remain open to the public through March 25.The exhibit looks at how President Lincoln managed three intertwined crises associated with the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.
     The exhibit was organized by National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The traveling exhibit is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

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