Each year, the Foundation reviews and evaluates new project and programmatic fundraising priorities, as well as reviewing its long-term priorities. Examples of the latter include:

Taper Collection of Lincolniana

In 2007, after several years of encouragement by respected Lincoln and Illinois state historians and experts and a professional appraisal, the Foundation acted on the unique opportunity to acquire the $25 million collection of over 1,500 items from renowned collector Louise Taper. At that time it was purchased, the Taper Collection was widely considered the largest and most diverse collection of Lincolniana still in private hands. The Foundation then placed the Taper Collection on loan for public display. It is currently on loan to the presidential library and museum in Springfield, Illinois.

As a result of the Foundation’s persistent efforts, over $24 million has been raised and paid toward principal, interest, fees and insurance expenses. Still, in excess of $8 million in principal remains.

A collection of this magnitude is extremely rare…I know I speak for many scholars who would agree that this is a national treasure that cannot be lost.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author

National Park Service-Lincoln Home National Historic Site

As part of its mission, the Foundation raises support on behalf of partner entities. The Foundation is pleased to announce that as of March 2022, the first of its new partnerships is with the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS administers dozens of sites across the country connected to President Lincoln and his legacy. The Foundation’s pilot agreement with NPS is philanthropic support of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL. “We welcome the new partnership with the Lincoln Presidential Foundation and their interest in supporting the protection of culturally significant sites connected to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy," said Lincoln Home National Historic Site superintendent Tim Good. “Lincoln Home National Historic Site recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As I look to the future, I am thrilled by the opportunity to work with our friends at the Lincoln Presidential Foundation to accomplish more on behalf of the public.”

There are a variety of education programs, preservation, landscape, and conservation projects, and more that need your support. Contact us for more information on specific projects and programs.

Sharing the Papers of Abraham Lincoln

Over the past few years the Foundation has raised more than $600,000 in support of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln (PAL)—an ambitious effort to identify, digitize, transcribe, annotate, and publish online all documents by and to Abraham Lincoln in order to make them accessible to anyone worldwide via internet access.

This effort has involved numerous entities, including the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the Abraham Lincoln Association, the University of Illinois Springfield, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. When completed, per renowned scholar Harold Holzer, PAL will be “the Grand Central of all things Lincoln”—offering public access to images and annotated transcripts of some 150,000 documents from more than 400 institutions and 200 private collections. The Foundation endeavored to step in and provide additional support when it was needed most. Human and technological resources for this project were made possible by our generous supporters, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Iron Mountain, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, the Abraham Lincoln Association, an anonymous donor, and many individuals.

Now, thanks to a generous grant from Iron Mountain, the Foundation is leading a new project titled “Warning Signs” that focuses on documented rhetoric, violence, and upheaval to which Lincoln responded in the decade leading up to secession and the Civil War. The project will create all-new educational materials and multimedia resources to contextualize publicly available, digitized primary sources from the period.

For more information on supporting priorities, contact Angela Staron at astaron@lincolnpresidential.org or (224) 383-8541.

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