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Civil War Commission Sponsors Free Screening of “Lincoln” This Saturday

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, in partnership with the Tompkins County Public Library, will hold a free screening of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film “Lincoln” this Saturday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. at the BorgWarner Room of the Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca.

The event will be held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the passing of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery.  The screening will be preceded by remarks by Civil War Commission members Eric Acree, director of Cornell University’s Africana Library, and Lance Heidig, Outreach and Learning Services Librarian at Cornell.

“Lincoln,” which received 12 Academy Award nominations in 2013—including Best Performance by a Lead Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), Best Performance by a Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Performance by a Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Achievement in Directing (Spielberg)—offers a fictional account of how the 13th Amendment was passed by the House of Representatives on January 31, 1865.

For more information about this free screening of “Lincoln,” or other upcoming activities of the County Civil War Commission, contact co-chair Carol Kammen at ckk6@cornell.edu.