A Message from the ALPLF and ALPLM Chairs:
Ray McCaskey, Chair, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Board of Directors and Ray LaHood, Chair, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Trustees
The Great Unifier
Thank you for your continued encouragement of Lincoln’s Presidential Library, Museum, and Foundation. We are humbly grateful for your support as we work to give Lincoln the world-class museum and library he so clearly deserves.
As chairmen of the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, we share a common admiration for, and devotion to, a man whose legacy continues to urge us to find common ground and call upon the better angels of our nature. We are proud and privileged to lead the institution forward with fresh purpose. Our highest priority is to find new directors of our respective organizations that will work with integrity in a cooperative spirit. These leaders, along with our boards and a collaborative working group, set forth by Governor Pritzker, will be devoted to sharing Lincoln’s legacy with a world that truly needs the hope it can provide.
Just as we have had our share of challenges in our recent institutional history, this has also been a very challenging time for our country. The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute conducted a poll which found that most respondents consider themselves to be members of a divided nation.
While the respondents unsurprisingly agreed that our country seems polarized, they also agreed on something quite hopeful and illuminating: that regardless of where people live in this country (North, South, Central, East or West regions), they all chose Lincoln as the leader who best embodies unity in America. Even though Lincoln led the country during its most divided period, his leadership is a shining example of unity. Lincoln held the United States together when its future as one nation was most at risk.
Lincoln’s words and actions will guide us as they so often inspire people from across the globe to act with compassion and a sense of higher purpose.
We appreciate your continued generosity and commitment to our beloved 16th president and look forward to working with you.