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Kauffman Museum speaker looks at Lincoln history, memory through images

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Brian Craig Miller of Emporia State University will present the second special program connected to Kauffman Museum’s current special exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution.

Miller, assistant professor of history at ESU, will speak on “The Tattered Lincoln Photo Album: Lincoln’s Likeness and Image in History and Memory” March 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the museum on the Bethel College campus. The program is free and open to the public.

Miller notes that most Americans are familiar with President Abraham Lincoln and many are fascinated with his life. The recent film Lincoln, which dramatized the 16th president’s role in passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, made nearly $200 million at the box office and won numerous awards, including a “Best Actor” Academy Award for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed Lincoln.

The March 10 presentation will explore the history and memory of Abraham Lincoln through images. In particular, the lecture will examine how Lincoln’s image evolved over time, how it was manipulated to represent a particular political message and how we still use the image of Lincoln today.

The presentation includes nearly 50 photographs and paintings, some rarely seen, of Abraham Lincoln, with some surprising back stories as to how the images came to be. 

Miller is a frequent speaker on Civil War topics. Kent State University Press recently released his book The War is a Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Experiences the American Civil War (November 2012). In 2010, the University of Tennessee Press published his examination of Confederate General Hood, John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory.

Miller is currently completing the first major study on Confederate amputees that explores medical, political and personal experiences.

The program at Kauffman Museum complements the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and 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 one of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will be on display at Kauffman Museum through April 5. For more information, contact Pannabecker at 316-283-1612 or

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the special “Lincoln” exhibit is free; admission to the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website,


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