A Message from Board Chair Ray McCaskey:
It has been an incredible year. We hosted a number of events in Springfield to engage our members and donors. In addition to member openings for the exhibits: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times In this Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII (closing January 12, 2020) and All Aboard! (closing December 2020), we also hosted our first fall fundraiser: An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin.The sold-out event was attended by approximately 435 people raising much-needed support for our Permanent Home Campaign. Attendees were treated to remarks by our nation’s “Historian-in-Chief” as she discussed her latest award-winning book Leadership in Turbulent Times about four of our nation’s quintessential leaders: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.The event was a huge success and was generously underwritten in-part by Brandt Consolidated Inc. and BUNN among others to whom we are thankful. And we were honored to have Hershel "Woody" Williams, the sole survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima who has been presented the Medal of Honor to be our Fall Lincolniana Gala this year! We want to thank our sponsors for this event: Personal Mobility, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, UPS Foundation among many other generous donors who made this event a success.
We hosted our annual Lincoln Leadership Prize dinner. The Prize has been awarded to 13 distinguished individuals or groups of individuals. This year, we were honored to have the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush accept the Prize. Approximately 700 attended the event. The dinner was our most successful in its 13-year history and we are grateful to the many individuals and entities who made this possible. And we are looking forward to the 2020 event where the Lincoln Leadership Prize will be presented to David Rubenstein by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
In addition to these outstanding events, exhibits and numerous author and family friendly events presented almost daily at the Library and Museum, the year also saw the creative theatrical presentations of “"Oh Freedom: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement" generously underwritten in-part by the Illinois Arts Council, “Five Presidents,” and the reprise of “One Destiny” supported in-part by the Susan Cook House Educational Trust.These educational and cultural theatrical presentations were all presented to capacity audiences. Additionally, we hosted the second workshop for teachers made possible through a generous partnership between the ALPLM, Gilder Lehrman Institute and an anonymous benefactor.
These achievements and so many others would not have been possible without the continued, generous support of donors like you and those listed in this report. We thank you and look forward to continuing our work together as we enter our 20th anniversary year, to further educate and promote Mr. Lincoln’s legacy across the United States and around the world.