Make a donation of $150 today and receive a three-dimensional, gold-plated Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum ornament. Made in the USA.
Give $500 or more and receive a beautiful engraved pen and pen box, the latter featuring a Lincoln quote: “With malice toward none, with charity for all…”
The thoughtful, simple eloquence of Abraham Lincoln, was perhaps never more evident than in this quotation. He initially wrote these words on a scrap of paper which he folded and probably stored inside the band of his stovepipe hat. It is just one of the more than 52,000 Lincoln-related items safeguarded at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM).
History has taught us that the fate of the Civil War, our nation, and Abraham Lincoln himself rested on slavery. Were slavery to survive, the nation would forever split in two. Because it ended, the nation moved forward to experience a new birth of freedom.
On December 9th of this year, our nation will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13 Amendment permanently ending slavery and involuntary servitude in the U.S. While there will be much fanfare and celebration on that day, in one sense, it will be business as usual at the ALPLM. Why? Because at the ALPLM, every day is a celebration of our 16th president, his ideas, life and times. We do this not just because it is our job and mission, but because it is our passion, our solemn duty, our rich legacy. It is yours too.
Since the ALPLM opened its doors 10 years ago, it has brought to the world the great American story of this railsplitter-turned-President and the divided nation he reunited. We are able to do this, even in lean financial times, because of the generosity of committed individuals like you. We can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given. But there is still unfinished work.
We need your help as we enter our next decade of service in advancing Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. Consider the 13th Amendment. Only 15 of the commemorative 13th Amendment documents signed by its Congressional supporters exist today—the ALPLM owning one of them. It takes money to store, preserve, and display this document. It takes money to make this American treasure and others like the Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation — all of which the ALPLM owns — available to the public so current and future generations may learn from and build upon the ideas and tenets they espouse. Yes, it takes money and it takes YOU.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, won’t you please take a moment to act purposefully — to act NOW — and make a generous 150th anniversary donation to our annual fund? Please join in partnership with us as we continue on our journey in completing the unfinished work that Lincoln and others so selflessly and so nobly advanced. Let us, each of us, “to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
With deepest thanks,
Chief Executive Officer