5 For Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered presidents in our nation’s history. His legacy is honored on the $5 bill. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has an extensive collection of historical items and they actively seek to preserve the history and heritage of this iconic American figure. The collection is in danger of being broken up and auctioned to private collectors to possibly never be reunited or seen in its entirety again. This does an incredible disservice to the President and his legacy. Please help the ALPLM preserve its collection and keep his spirit and memory available to the public for generations to come.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential MuseumThe Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) was established in 2005 and is tasked with preserving and perpetuating the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln held the nation together during its darkest hours and, in doing so, became the most beloved and most hated president in our history. Yet still today, he is consistently rated as one of the greatest leaders in human history. Like many men of his day, Lincoln abhorred slavery. He recognized the humanity of African Americans, eventually embracing constitutional emancipation and limited black suffrage.

The ALPLM was able to secure a private collection, known as the Taper Collection, in 2007. In 2019, the note on this collection comes due and the ALPLM is in need of funding to keep the collection in its entirety for generations to visit and learn from. If necessary, the ALPLM will be forced to auction select items to pay the note. If this were to happen, it is likely that these national treasures will once again wind up in the hands of private collectors, who will be under no obligation to share or show these items ever again. The artifacts’ future would be uncertain as there will be no guarantees of proper preservation procedures, nor of these items ever again being shared with the public. It is increasingly important to know the stories of where we have come from and understand how the past impacts the future. If you are ever in Illinois, we encourage you to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). It has a terrific collection of Lincoln papers and artifacts and tells the stories of the life of our 16th president through galleries, theaters, and displays, including a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861.

During Mercury One’s Rights & Responsibilities Museum, attendees were fortunate to view a very special piece of history – The Gettysburg Address, written in our 16th president’s own hand.  We are so thankful to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for loaning this incredible piece of history to us for the weekend.  This was an incredible treat.

American History and the legacies of the men and women involved must be preserved.  And the history must be shared through the study and involvement of historical items and documents with all people. It is important to know the stories of where we have come from and understand how the past impacts the future.

The ALPLM not only preserves history — it makes history by enabling millions of visitors from around the world to experience the Lincoln story in its entirety, as nowhere else. Learn more about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Museum here.

Check out some of the artifacts on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM).

Abraham Lincoln's Stove Pipe Hat

Bloody Gloves

Abraham Lincoln's Door Nameplate

Abraham Lincoln's Family

Whispering Gallery

Abraham Lincoln's Courting Couch

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF) is a private 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support the exhibits and programs of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM).

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