Lincoln at Cleveland exhibit and events planned for February-May

CLEVELAND, OH – Few individuals have impacted our nation’s history like President Abraham Lincoln. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the final days of the American Civil War and the tragic assassination of President Lincoln, which brought America to a level of grief never before experienced. People across the country paid their respects by the hundreds as Lincoln’s funeral train traveled a solemn route from Washington, D.C. Lincoln’s body laid in state at what is now known as Public Square on April 28, 1865.

“Cleveland Public Library is proud to partner and participate in the events planned for Lincoln at Cleveland,” said Felton Thomas, executive director of CPL. “The commemorative exhibit and events pay tribute to a man whose legacy has become tightly woven in the history of our country.”

Clevelanders are invited to be a part of Lincoln at Cleveland, a four-month commemoration of President Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his final visit to Cleveland. Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is hosting Lincoln at Cleveland, an exhibition along with events, to commemorate this remarkable time in American history together with The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Ohio Commandery, The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, and The Old Stone Church.

The exhibition of documents, books, photographs, and artifacts encompassing the final days of the Civil War and Lincoln’s remarkable life and tragic death will be on display beginning February 2 in the Main Library Building, floors 2 and 3 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 7 at 3 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Additional educational events will take place during the four-month commemoration. For more information about the exhibit and events, visit

For information on visitor and class tours, contact Special Collections at 216.623.2818.

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Cleveland Public Library is the place for all Clevelanders to dream, create and grow.  CPL serves four million patrons annually at 27 branches across the city, lending more than 6.5 million from a collection of more than 10 million items. CPL library services are also available at the Public Administration Library in City Hall, “The People’s University on Wheels” Bookmobile, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and the On the Road to Reading literacy van. CPL is the home for the Ohio Center for the Book, CLEVNET library cooperation, and KnowItNow24x7 virtual reference service.

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