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-- Wednesday, April 7, 2010--

1. Announcements/Events
      A. Hannibal Hamlin Display
A new display highlighting the life and career of Hannibal Hamlin can now be seen in the display case by the north entrance to Fogler Library. Using selected items from the Hamlin Family Papers in the library’s Special Collections Department, the display complements a lecture to be given on April 9 by H. Draper Hunt, author of “Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, Lincoln’s First Vice-President.” The lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and will cover the topic: Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin and the Civil War Vice-Presidency.
The display features campaign memorabilia, photographs, printed editions of speeches Hamlin made against the extension of slavery and items showing reaction to his switch in 1856 from the Democratic to the newly-established Republican Party. Also included are copies of letters from Hamlin to his wife Ellen describing his meeting with the Lincolns at the Republican National Convention of 1860 and his relief at leaving Washington when his term as vice-president was done in 1865.  “Only two more days ... and let us rejoice,”  Hamlin writes in one letter. Hamlin’s role in the founding of the University of Maine is also outlined; he was instrumental in selecting the site for the new College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts and served as the first president of its board of trustees.
For more information about the display or about the Hamlin Family Papers, please contact Brenda Howitson Steeves at 207-581-1798 or <>
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