With all eyes on the upcoming presidential election, there's no better time to revisit the life of one of our greatest leaders. From his humble beginnings splitting fence rails, Abraham Lincoln educated himself with the help of borrowed books and became a respected country lawyer and ultimately, president of the United States. Beginning Monday, October 6, the Central branch of the St. Louis Public Library (1301 Olive Street; 314-241-2288 or www.slpl.org), famous for its book-lending policies, returns the favor and hosts Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation. This traveling exhibition features a stovepipe-hat full of Lincoln memorabilia, incuding reproductions of largely unseen historical documents that reveal Lincoln's efforts to abolish slavery during the Civil War. Admission to Forever Free is free, and the exhibit is open through Friday, November 14, every day except Sunday.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 6. Continues through Nov. 14, 2008