Become a Friend of the Lincoln Collection

The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection is supported through the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to providing funds to maintain the Lincoln Collection and to advancing Lincoln scholarship.

The Friends were originally established as the Friends of the Lincoln Museum in 2000 to raise funds for educational programs and exhibitions at the former Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2009, they reorganized as the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana to continue support for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The Friends have taken the leadership role in the fundraising campaign on behalf of the Lincoln Collection that has supported its cataloging, digitization, care, and exhibition. They manage the funds raised and oversee the Lincoln Collection endowment that ensures this nationally important resource will remain accessible in perpetuity.

The Friends also conduct a range of activities that encourage public interest in Lincoln. Their programs include two annual lectures: the R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture each September, a fall Symposium in November, and the Rolland Lecture Series in May. These programs bring eminent Lincoln scholars from around the country to Indiana.

Carrying out this work takes many friends.  Join us and become a Friend of the Lincoln Collection. Your membership helps increase understanding and appreciation of Abraham Lincoln and the times in which he lived.

When you join the Friends, you will receive the journal Lincoln Lore, which is published three times each year. Since its first issue was published in 1929, Lincoln Lore has been a respected source of information on all things Lincoln.

For more information on becoming a member please visit the membership page on the Friends of the Lincoln Collection Website.