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Come to the Indiana State Museum and explore how Abraham Lincoln's life and political career are reflected in unexpected ways through the popular medium of quilts. The exhibition features styles Lincoln would have been familiar with growing up, including one made by his cousin in 1827; those directly associated with Lincoln through the use of campaign ribbons, silks from his wife Mary Todd's dresses or those of her friends; Civil War quilts; and memorial quilts as well as a range of campaign and other textiles.
"Lincoln in Quilts" is located in museam's Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery on Level 3.
The Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, which supports the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, was awarded the Wendy Allen Award by the Lincoln Forum at its 2017 Symposium held in Gettysburg November 16-18. The award is given annually to a Lincoln or Civil War institution or organization that has achieved widespread recognition for bringing learning and scholarship about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era to a wide public. The Friends received this framed, signed print of an original Lincoln portrait by acclaimed Gettysburg-based artist Wendy Allen.
In recognizing the Friends, the Forum applauded the group's role in publishing the scholarly magazine Lincoln Lore, creating educational programs and sponsoring a Lincoln essay contest for high school students, offering Lincoln-themed public programs at both the Allen County Public Library and the Indiana State Museum, funding acquisition of new materials for the collection, creating the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection website, and raising funds and making plans to establish the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research at the Allen County Public Library.
Our 16th president's words of December 1, 1862, clearly apply to Ian Rolland: "Honorable alike in what we give and in what we preserve." The long-time Fort Wayne business leader and philanthropist had a long-standing respect for Abraham Lincoln, and he spent a lifetime preserving Lincoln's legacy. Thanks to Ian's leadership and fundraising efforts, Lincoln National's $20 million collection of Lincoln artifacts remains in Indiana as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, jointly curated by the Allen County Public Library and the Indiana State Museum. We are grateful for the leadership that Ian Rolland exhibited throughout his lifetime, and our thoughts are with his family.
Lincoln Lore is the publication of the Friends of the
Lincoln Collection of Indiana. Since its first issue was published
in 1929, Lincoln Lore has been a respected resource on all
things Lincoln. It has now been redesigned to be better than
ever, with listings of Lincoln events and special features in
addition to outstanding articles and interviews. Published
three times each year, Lincoln Lore is one benefit of
Friends membership. To learn more about the Friends and how
to become a member, and to receive your free issue of Lincoln
Lore, click on "READ MORE."
View items from the collection, learn about Lincoln and his times, and connect with other Lincoln enthusiasts through the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection's social media pages on Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. Just follow the links at the bottom of any page on the website!