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Abe Lincoln By The Numbers

The Walnut Creek library exhibit on Lincoln and the Civil War average 76 people a day viewing it; six themed programs in January brought in more than 900 people.

The 16th president moved the turnstiles at the Walnut Creek library.

(It might have helped that an Oscar-contending film about Abe Lincoln came out at the same time.)

The Lincoln exhibit from mid-December to early February commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It came to Walnut Creek courtesy of the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center.

The second-floor exhibit averaged 76 people a day since it opened for a total of 2,888 (which excludes opening night), reported Kristin Anderson, executive director of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.

In January, there were six special programs focused on Lincoln and the Civil War, and more than 900 people attended, said Anderson. Videos of some of the special programs are available on the Walnut Creek Library Foundation website.

"There were roughly 700 people at the open house in December and the line around the building was something I'll always remember," wrote Anderson in an email.

Anderson thanked retired library director Cindy Brittain for "being the instigator of this wonderful experience."

AJ Buttacavoli February 21, 2013 at 01:48 AM
I have never understood the appeal of the Civil War. Aside from the fact it is the greatest tragedy America has ever suffered, what makes it even more pathetic is that it did not have to happen at all. Why couldn't the South secede? Would it have been so horrible if there were two Americas? Why Lincoln has been enshrined the way he has is even worse. I hate to say it but Booth was right. Lincoln was a tyrant.
One more time with feeling February 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
By the numbers... How much did this cost and with 700 opening night + 2,888 attendees what was the cost per person? According to http://walnutcreek.patch.com/articles/walnut-creek-library-plans-lincoln-civil-war-exhibit a competitive bid was "won". And out of curiosity, why were "guides" needed for a "self guided tour"? http://walnutcreek.patch.com/articles/second-saturday-spotlight-a-peek-behind-the-curtain
One more time with feeling February 27, 2013 at 01:44 AM
By the numbers? According to a 10/3/11 WC Patch article, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation "won" a competitive bid for this exhibit. How much was spent winning the bid so 2,888 + whatever the opening day (700)? Just curious to know what my donation helped fund... Search using "lincoln exhibit bid". I'd love to see the 700-strong line around the building - when I drove by I saw no one standing outside... Any pictures? And according to the January 13, 2013 WC Patch article about the 2nd Saturday Spotlight, why were "guides" needed for a *self guided* tour? Search using "lincoln second spotlight" My posts with supporting links are rejected - so I can't provide readers with easy to access supporting links.

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