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 TimesIn 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 look forward to our next fall fundraiser with Herschel “Woody” Williams, the sole surviving Battle of Iwo Jim, Medal of Honor Recipient.
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.
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.