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Abraham Lincoln is a prime example of how knowing history—and its context--can be empowering.
He understood that the United States was historically unique in a way he considered essential to future human progress; a nation united not by ancestry but by the idea of self-government, freedom, and equal opportunity. He also understood that its “successful maintenance” required the people:

“I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that with you, and not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office-seekers, but with you, is the question, “Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generation?” -Abraham Lincoln, February 1861

Your past support has helped us improve access to high-quality history for all people and:

  • Produce new resources including 4 original films and companion curriculum for teachers, students,
    and lifelong learners;
  • Serve over 24,783 with online programs including our Four Score Speaker Series and Virtual Voyages;
  • Forge a new partnership with the National Park Service in support of Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Already, we’ve secured transformative gifts for an all-new youth-centered exhibit, their first new exhibit in 20 years and first youth space in their 50-year history!

Your Annual Fund donation makes a big difference. Time and again, we receive feedback that our support and programming are appreciated by our partners and audiences served. Following a recent online speaker program, we received attendee comments that, “It provided an in-depth view of political activity prior to the Civil War and lots of information about the role of the Supreme Court over time that was definitely new to me.” Others praised the program for offering: “Detail never discussed in school” and “New perspectives.”

With your generous support, we can successfully deliver on our ambitious goals for this year: new exhibits, new programs, and new collaborations, as well as the flexibility to seize unique opportunities to meet our mission.

Please make your gift to the Annual Fund today.
Together, we the people can make the story of Lincoln’s life, legacy, and leadership available to all people.

Thank you for your support!

Read a Special Message from author and historian Dr. Jonathan White

Dr. Jonathan White

September 2022

Dear friend:

As a Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and as Vice Chair of The Lincoln Forum, I can attest that the Lincoln Presidential Foundation has an important mission worth supporting. Each time I have participated in a Foundation program—from their Four Score Speaker Series webinars to the new digital education project on Lincoln in the 1850s—I have been so impressed by how the Foundation and its staff are finding innovative and effective ways to engage their audience. As times and circumstances have changed, the Foundation has effectively pivoted to establish new goals and meet current needs. And I have been so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Foundation’s programming and to share my research and passion for history with their audience.

One of the struggles we have as a society is persuading young people to learn about American history. Fortunately, the Foundation is doing excellent work connecting experts and teachers with students and the public. Their new initiative at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield is so exciting because it will expressly aim to capture the attention and imagination of young people who visit the site. I applaud the Foundation for taking a “big tent” approach to their work, finding new ways to partner and collaborate with organizations and experts doing work related to our 16th president’s life and legacy.

The importance of donor contributions like yours and mine cannot be overstated. Your gift is crucial to the Foundation’s mission to democratize Abraham Lincoln, making the story of his life, legacy, and leadership
available to all people.

—Dr. Jonathan White

The Foundation is doing essential work to help preserve the Lincoln story for the future, and I hope you will join me in being a part of that unfinished work.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Dr. Jonathan White

Vice Chairman, The Lincoln Forum

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