You are a keeper of the flame. Thank you for all you have done to care for Lincoln’s legacy. You, and others like you, are ensuring our country’s most hard-won lessons will burn in our collective memory to light the path for generations to come.
Your care and support are especially important now because American History is being neglected. Schools don’t spend the time on history they once did since they have been directed to prioritize math and science. Our nation’s report card demonstrates our knowledge of history is suffering and that young people do not know about or understand historical people and events. What is more, they are not being given as many interesting opportunities to become curious about the past.
This neglect is damaging as our history is filled with suffering that we all need to remember, learn from, and prevent. An equally devastating result of this growing national obliviousness is that our history is filled with heroic people who have shown incredible bravery and selflessness to move humanity forward. We must never lose their shining examples of courage.
Using creative storytelling, immersive technology, and rigorous scholarship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum provides hundreds of thousands of young people with the mental and emotional spark that can lead to greater historical curiosity. When people visit our library and museum, particularly young people, they get imaginatively fired up about what life was like for those who came before. Teachers then cultivate their curiosity with guidance from our historians, education team, theater programs, and interpreters. Once inspired about what history has to offer, young students (and all visitors) can strengthen critical thinking skills that help them make decisions using evidence and sort out what is suspect and what is believable. With greater interest in and access to history, they can develop empathy and better understand why people and societies behave as they do. The survival of our democracy depends upon encouraging more people of all ages to be thoughtful, question ideas and make informed decisions.
Because you have been so helpful, you have probably received the gift of historic appreciation at some point in your own life. We ask you to give generously to our annual fund so that new generations will receive the chance to care about, understand and learn from history and all that Abraham Lincoln can teach us.
Your annual fund gift will help the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation to increase historical literacy and to share Lincoln’s shining example in troubled times. You pass the torch of history and Lincoln’s story for the next generation. Please give generously today!
The Board and Staff of ALPLF
P.S. Your generous gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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