Musical Performance March 29 Part of Lincoln Exhibit

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Southern Horizons, a group specializing in Civil War-era music, comes to Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton campus Thursday, March 29 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Exhibit in Wythe Hall. Students are invited to enjoy two free 45-minute performances at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Since 1987, Southern Horizons has performed music from the years 1816 to 1865 for reenactments, museums, conventions, schools and private engagements. The band performs in costume playing instruments similar to those that would have been found in the homes of the 19th Century citizenry.

TNCC Professors Lead Presentations in Conjunction with Traveling Lincoln Exhibit

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Assistant Professor of English Hollis Pruitt will explore the different Constitutional interpretations of Lincoln and Frederick Douglas in “Among Jefferson’s Heirs: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas: Slavery and the Constitution” on Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in Wythe Hall Gallery. Pruitt joined the TNCC faculty in 2001 and teaches Composition, Literature and Creative Writing courses.

Pruitt is also the Coordinator of TNCC’s Creative Writing and American Literature classes. He served in the United States Army and holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV and Film with a minor in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.


TNCC Displays Traveling Exhibit of Abraham Lincoln’s Struggle to Meet the Constitutional Challenges of the Civil War

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“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Thursday, March 22 in Wythe Hall on the Hampton campus, examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War, the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is free and open to the public and encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. TNCC will complement the exhibit with several special programs.

Thomas Nelson will celebrate the exhibit opening with three programs featuring Lincoln interpreter Dennis Boggs at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. on March 22 in Wythe Hall. Boggs performs nationally for all age groups and has presented his program in conjunction with this exhibit in other locations across the country.

On Monday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m., Christopher Phillips, Williamsburg author of “Constitution Café,” will challenge the audience to think about Lincoln’s Constitutional interpretations in “Constitution Café – An Anecdote for Today’s Uncivil Wars?” The town hall meeting style discussion will be held in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall on the Hampton campus.