A Message for the Benefit of Abraham Lincoln,
16th President of the United States:
On behalf of our board of directors and staff, it gives me great pleasure to share with you the 2018 Annual Report for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF) which serves the 16th president’s official presidential library and museum (ALPLM).
It has been a remarkable year, particularly as we launched the 200th anniversary of the Land of Lincoln, President Lincoln’s home state of Illinois. At the time Illinois became a state, Abraham Lincoln was a youngster with many challenges as he and his family were moving from place to place to find a location to permanently settle on the western frontier. Still, Lincoln overcame adversity and eventually moved from Illinois—where he grew from adolescence to adulthood—to Washington, D.C. and the White House.
It is only fitting that in FY ’18 the ALPLM mounted the exceptional exhibit: From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama touted as "the centerpiece” of the state’s Bicentennial. The exhibit, generously sponsored by our friends at PNC Bank and the John Ullrich Foundation contains personal effects and documents from each of the four Illinois presidents, analyzes the close ties the four have had to this great state, and how Illinois’ history, location and population make it a microcosm of America and a perfect training ground for national leaders. As you are reading this, there still is time (exhibit closes December 31, 2018) to see this exhibit and the remarkable objects that tell the stories of the men from Illinois who became President of the United States.
Of course, there were countless other offerings that welcomed you back. Almost 60 author and family friendly events were presented through the end of the calendar year. And the ALPLM continued to be a destination of choice for teachers and students alike. In 2018, through the generous support of our friends at AT&T, the ALPLM partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute to host a teachers’ workshop on Lincoln. This is in addition to the more than 75,000 students participating in 1,700 school tours throughout the year, many of which were supported by the Winnick Foundation and the John Ulrich Foundation. Once again, we saw Abraham Lincoln’s global reach with the 11th Lincoln Leadership Prize being presented to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair raising much needed support.
Paramount, among all of this? We continue to raise funds for the collection once owned by collector Louise Taper. It is our number one goal to bring the campaign for the collection to a successful conclusion. If you have already donated to the campaign or any of our other initiatives, we thank you. Your generosity is most heartwarming. We look forward to working with you in the coming year to ensure the collection remains in perpetuity at the ALPLM and that we further advance Mr. Lincoln’s rich and profound legacy.
Another fiscal year has come to a close and we are most grateful to the thousands of donors who generously contributed to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF) for the benefit of the 16th President’s Library and Museum. We have much for which to be thankful. According to Giving USA 2018 the nation’s foremost publication tracking giving trends in annual philanthropy in the U.S., more than $410 billion dollars were contributed to charitable institutions last year, five percent of which were contributed to arts, cultural and humanities organizations like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Giving is on the rise nationally and happily, it is the case at the ALPLF as well. We are humbled by the generosity of our many contributors. If you are reading this, you are one and we thank you. Together we are working to tell the great American story of our nation’s greatest President.
And while we are building our membership base, major giving through our Charter program, working to establish and build a strong endowment, and building a more robust planned giving program, we are concurrently working to bring our Permanent Home Campaign for the 1,400-piece collection of Lincolniana purchased in 2007 to a successful conclusion. Some of the collection’s rarest items include: Abraham Lincoln’s presidential seal with bits of red sealing wax still lodged in its mold, a cypher book page on which Abraham the teenager calculates his long division and an effigy doll of presidential candidate Lincoln which with the pull of a tissue veil, reveals Lincoln in blackface. We are grateful to the some-2,000 people from across the nation and around the world who have donated to the campaign since its inception to ensure a “permanent home” for the collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We are confident that with such support and momentum, we will successfully complete the campaign so that Mr. Lincoln’s most personal effects remain forever at the ALPLM.
Throughout the year, on a daily basis, we cannot say it enough, “Thank you” for your generous spirit of giving and for caring so deeply about Abraham Lincoln. The man who gave our nation “a new birth of freedom” deserves a “permanent home,” a perpetual endowment and an ever more state-of-the-art Library and Museum. Here is to an even more successful FY ’19.
Dr. Carla Knorowski
Chief Executive Officer Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
To contribute to the campaign to keep the Lincoln artifacts in the public realm at the ALPLM please go to www.alplm.org and click on the DONATE button to make your fully tax-deductible contribution or visit our GoFundMe page at www.bit.ly/ALPLF2018GOFUNDME. Help make this campaign go viral by sharing this message.
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