Carved in Stone: American Monuments, Myths, and Memory
Monuments honor heroes & beautify public spaces. They occupy prominent places, proclaim power, preserve memories and provide lessons for future generations. What happens if they misrepresent historical truths? What happens when they no longer reflect a community’s values?
From Charlottesville to Philadelphia’s City Hall, Carved in Stone sheds light on the history and future of monuments. Through images and sculptures from the Union League and Confederate collections, the exhibit explores the history and current controversy of monuments in the United States.
About The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (“the ALF”) was established in 1996 to enhance, maintain and exhibit the historic collections of archives, manuscripts, library material, objects and art of The Union League of Philadelphia, and to use the League’s collections to conduct educational programs for League members, scholars, students and the general community. The ALF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and is a separate legal entity from the Union League itself.
In 2011, the ALF completed construction of The Sir John Templeton Heritage Center (“the Heritage Center”). The Heritage Center is an 8,500 square-foot research, program and exhibit space on the ground floor of the Union League. This space allows direct access to the Heritage Center from Broad Street. It encompasses an exhibit room, programming space, office space, a research area and a state-of-the-art collections storage vault. The ALF shares the office space within the Heritage Center with the League’s other two charities – the Youth Work and Scholarship Foundations.
The ALF presents exhibits, lectures, and other educational programs that focus on the history and heritage of the Union League and the Civil War. These programs reach thousands of students and scholars each year. Most of these programs are provided without charge. For more information on the ALF, or the Union League, visit www.ulheritagecenter.org.