Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc. recently learned that it has received the Wendy Allen Award from The Lincoln Forum. This award is presented annually to a public institution or organization that has excelled in presenting and preserving the Lincoln story through preservation, education and outreach to the public.
Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana is being honored for:
Saving the Lincoln collection, previously housed at The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne and currently curated at the Indiana State Museum and the Allen County Public Library
Presenting lectures open to the public
Providing outreach to schools and the public
Producing the publication Lincoln Lore three times a year
The Lincoln Forum is a group of people who share a deep interest in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Through activities and projects including symposia, tours, student essay competitions, teacher scholarships, a newsletter and annual awards to recognize special contributions to the field of Lincoln studies, the Forum endeavors to enhance the understanding and preserve the memory of Lincoln.
The award is a framed color print of an original Lincoln painting by acclaimed Gettysburg-based artist Wendy Allen, who donates her work for the honorees. Past winners include the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library in Starkville, Miss.; the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, Calif.; New York’s Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; the Lincoln Museum in Lincoln, Ill.; and the Gettysburg Foundation in Gettysburg, Pa.
Representatives from Fort Wayne will accept the award at the 22nd annual forum November 16-18 in Gettysburg, Pa.