Naples, Florida: Foundation Partners with Moorings Park for Lincoln Programs
by Patricia Wager, Major Gifts
Mr. Alan Korest of Naples, FL attended the 2011 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation event at the Naples Yacht Club and expressed his interest in Lincoln and learning more about the Library and Museum programs. Mr. Korest states, “ When I had the pleasure of meeting with Carla Knorowski and Patricia Wager of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, I was reminded of the stunning impact of the Civil War on our country. Shortly thereafter, it occurred to me that it would be of great interest to see how its music might reflect the events of that period. Mr. Korest further explained, “ Music has always been a focal point for my interest and philanthropy as it can entertain, educate, elevate and heal with a power unlike any other.
Carla Knorowski, CEO, ALPLF, was thrilled to become a partner to create a Civil War Music program. “Our collection contains hundreds of pieces of Civil War sheet music. When Mr. Korest suggested a concert using music from the Civil War period, I was fully supportive of this exciting programming opportunity. I was also pleased that we would have an opportunity to bring these resources and collection of the Library on the road to Naples, FL. - More…
Winners of the 272 Words Student Essay Contest
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 272 Words Student Essay contest. The contest celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address delivered on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Student essayists were to focus on Abraham Lincoln or the Gettysburg Address using the same number of words used by President Lincoln - 272 Words. The student winners are: Katherine Hitchcock at Signature High School in Evansville, IN; Grace Richards at Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, IL; and David Walser at The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro, NC.
The contest also included an award to the school with the greatest participation based on their school's enrollment in grades 9-12. The school winner is: Fisher High School in Fisher, IL. From the 281 students eligble to submit essays, 132 essays were received for consideration resulting in a 48% participation rate.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Click here to read the 272 Words entries
Three Generations of an Illinois Family: Two Lincoln Letters Acquired
by James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., Curator, Lincoln Collection
When Thomas Kenney of Massachusetts accepted 160 acres in Illinois from President James Monroe in 1818 as partial thanks for his service in the War of 1812, he set the later owners of that land along a path to local notoriety and friendship with a giant—Abraham Lincoln. Now the historic treasures of John Hake of Delray Beach, Florida, the last of one line of that family, have come to the ALPLM. - More…