Sunday, January 18, 2015
1 - 4 pm
Ages 6 and up
Families come and explore Abolitionist and Civil Rights treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Collection - behind the scenes! Join educators for a brief introduction and then get close up with significant objects from Civil Rights history, including Abolitionist tokens, copies of the Thirteenth Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, and 1968 placards from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
Make the day even more special by combining a visit to these treasures with hearing Freedom Marcher Lynda Lowery Blackmon at 2 pm. Ms. Lowery marched from Selma to Montgomery when she was just 15 years old. She'll share her memories of that week and her other efforts as an activist in the Civil Rights movement.
The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of primary sources in American history. Owned by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States.