The University of Saint Mary will be hosting its annual Lincoln Event on Monday.

The University of Saint Mary will be hosting its annual Lincoln Event on Monday.

This year’s event will feature Civil War historian Ginette Aley, who will provide a presentation called “The Challenges on the Home Front: Burdens Facing Women & Families During the Civil War.”

“We’re very excited personally to see her presentation,” said John Shultz, USM’s vice president for admissions and marketing.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Xavier Theatre on the USM campus, 4100 S. Fourth St. The program is free and open to the public.

Schultz said the presentation will focus on how families, particularly in the Midwest, were impacted by the Civil War.

This will be the 21st year for the Lincoln Event, which traditionally takes place on Presidents Day.

The University of Saint Mary began the series in 1999 as a way to spotlight the Hall Lincoln Collection, which is housed at the university.

Bernard H. Hall donated the collection, which includes more than 10,000 items and memorabilia related to Abraham Lincoln, in 1969, according to USM’s website.

Lincoln had a connection to Leavenworth. He visited the city in 1859, the year before he was elected president.

People who attend Monday’s program will have the opportunity to view items from the Hall Collection including a copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Lincoln.

As in the past, this year’s Lincoln Event was preceded by USM’s annual Lincoln-Douglas debate. That event took place Thursday.

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