Programming Requirements

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
Site Support Notebook

The minimum programming requirements for libraries include an opening event for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” and two humanities-oriented public programs related to exhibition themes. The opening event and one humanities program may be combined.

Humanities-oriented programs must involve appropriate scholars with subject expertise and be planned for an adult audience. Humanities programs offer interpretation and create a dialogue about humanities disciplines. Programs may include, but are not limited to: lectures, discussions, debates and film series with discussion led by scholars; and music and dance presentations with scholarly interpretation of historical content.

What are the humanities? According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act:

The term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

Please send an invitation for all exhibition opening events to:
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20506