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Commentary as published in the Chicago Tribune May 16, 2018: 

Illinois needs to keep Abraham Lincoln's legacy from being auctioned
By Carla Knorowski 

There is a burgeoning threat to President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.

As the Tribune has reported, his presidential seal, stovepipe hat, locks of his hair, gloves he carried with him the night of the assassination — stained with the very blood he spilled that this nation might have a new birth of freedom — could regrettably be moving closer to the auction block. 
 
President Lincoln’s iconic image, which is in the public domain, is recognizable and widely used. He has been used to sell everything from perfume to carpeting, automobiles to insurance. And yet few who profit off him spend money to advance or protect his legacy. 

Money does make the world go ’round — yes, even the Lincoln world — and without it the world stops turning. 

In 2007, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, a private foundation that exists to protect and enhance Lincoln’s legacy, was asked by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to purchase a privately held collection of Lincoln artifacts that otherwise would have been sold to one or more private collectors. The collection would broaden the museum’s holdings and once purchased, would be made available to the public in perpetuity. 

At the time, the museum and foundation were less than a decade old and neither had the financial ability to purchase the collection outright. Financing was obtained and the $25 million collection was purchased. Since then, foundation staff and volunteer board members have raised more than $15 million in private donations to retain the collection. The remainder is due in just 20 months. 

As private fundraising continues, an opportunity exists for corporate leaders, private individuals and our elected officials to help — at a time when it is most needed. The many who have already contributed wonder and wait, even as they contribute once again. But where are those who haven’t? 

All of us today, who, because of Lincoln, experience a more free and just society, must rise up, contribute and ensure justice for him. 

If a single Lincoln artifact goes to auction, taken from the public realm, then we, as a nation are collectively diminished and must look ourselves in the mirror and take responsibility. It is not any one individual’s or group’s responsibility to bear; it is all of ours to bear. 

What would Lincoln do if faced with this problem? He would solve it and not let us down. In that same vein, we must solve it and not let him down. We should, posthaste, set our hearts, minds and yes, money to the task we have before us. 

We are duty bound to do so and we should, as Lincoln said, dare to do our duty as we understand it … to be dedicated here to the unfinished work we have before us. 
The clock is ticking. 29874208_15263217250_r.jpeg The time is now.

Dr. Carla Knorowski
Chief Executive Officer
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
www.ALPLM.org
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Dear friends, first THANK YOU for your continued support of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and our mission to Save the Lincoln Artifacts! In the past few weeks I've had donors ask me, "Is the GoFundMe campaign all that the Foundation is doing to save these precious pieces of our American history?" So today I thought it was important for me to let you know that No it definitely is Not! The staff at the Foundation is working hard every day thru Membership drives... Annual Fund campaigns... Major Gift Campaigns... planned giving thru our Better Angel's Alliance and so much more! All with one goal in mind... Saving these priceless Lincoln Artifacts that mean so much to us. So please continue sharing this GoFundMe page and helping us continue getting the word out because each and EVERY contribution matters! If you are looking for other ways to support please visit us anytime at http://www.alplm.org TOGETHER we CAN reach our Goal!! Thank you again, Phyllis Evans
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Historical Tidbit: In February of 1862, everyone’s favorite President signed the Legal Tender Act (frequently called the “Greenbacks” act) creating a uniform national currency backed only by the Federal Government. Mr. Lincoln first appeared on the five dollar Federal Reserve Note in 1914 and continues to grace the cover of the modern day ‘Greenback’ with only slight modifications every few years.
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