Oak Lawn Public Library is hosting the exhibit "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" until Oct. 2. | Supplied photo
Jay’s other weekend picks
“LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL”: The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, will host performances of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $22. Tickets and times: (708) 235-2222,
NIGHT BOATING: The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host a nighttime boating program for teens and adults age 16 and older at 7 p.m. Friday at Monee Reservoir, 27341 S. Ridgeland Ave. Participants will ride in kayaks or canoes down the reservoir. Cost is $12 per person. Registration: (708) 534-8499.
Updated: August 27, 2012 6:10AM
America is undeniably the one place in the world where a regular Joe with only a dream and a drive can make something of himself.
Sure, the goal one achieves may only be a personal one. After all, starting a successful small business or effectively raising a large family hardly are history-shaking accomplishments.
But if there’s a place where someone can have a lofty dream and actually accomplish it, it’s here in the United States.
Perhaps no one person embodies this notion more than Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln, who worked his way from humble roots to become the most powerful man in the country.
Patrons can see Lincoln’s tenacity up close at the exhibit “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America,” which is on display until Oct. 2 on the second floor of Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.
The seven-kiosk exhibit features reproduction artifacts such as Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, a presidential campaign banner, an axe that Lincoln used to chop wood, and the bloody gloves found in Lincoln’s pocket the night of his assassination.
The artifacts are modeled from originals on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
The exhibit is more than simply a visual history of Lincoln’s time in office and his 1865 assassination.
Patrons also will learn about his childhood, his self-education, his careers as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
“Abraham Lincoln, the son of a subsistence farmer, came of age during a dramatic transformation in America’s economic life,” exhibit officials said in a news release.
“Like many of his contemporaries, he embraced a new emphasis on personal initiative, risk-taking and ambition.”
Lincoln left home at age 22 and tried his hand in business and law before entering the political arena and becoming America’s 16th president in 1860.
“While Lincoln benefited from close association with a number of powerful friends, his own talents and ambitions combined with hard work and a dedication to self-improvement produced a unique American specimen — the self-made man,” officials said.
The exhibit is being offered to museums, public libraries and historical societies and will travel the nation through December.
FIND OUT MORE
A complete list of programs taking place in conjunction with the “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” exhibit is available at oaklawnlibrary.org or by picking up a booklet and brochure at Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.