The Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection curated both in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites and in Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library. Activities of the Friends include: publication of Lincoln Lore; outreach to schools through onsite and offsite education programs; a Lincoln Essay Contest for high school students; a Lincoln Art Contest for elementary and middle school students; public programs at both the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites and the Allen County Public Library; funding for new acquisitions and preservation of the Collection at both sites; and responsibility for this website.

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The Rolland Center

The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection and the Friends of the Lincoln Collection are thrilled to announce that the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research is officially open. The Center provides a space to explore the Lincoln Collection through a variety of physical displays, digital kiosks, and even a projection room that shows collection items in 180 degrees.

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Latest News 01.30.24

New Exhibits Open at The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research

The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research has unveiled three new exhibits on January 29, 2024. The three new exhibits are Gettysburg, Indiana Civil War Soldiers, and Wartime President. Below are the features of each exhibit. Gettysburg: Our “Gettysburg” case features photographs, postcards, a songster, a map, a newspaper clipping, and more. T ...

Next Event 10.04.2023

2023 McMurtry Lecture

“The Pursuit of Freedom in a ‘Free’ State: The Emancipation Proclamation’s Significance to African Americans in Indiana” by Enda Greene Medford

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Lincoln Collection Items

The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research exhibit is available for public viewing any time the Center is open.

Latest Lore 12.12.23

Book Review: William E. Bartelt and Joshua A. Claybourn, Abe's Youth; J. Edward Murr, Abraham Lincoln's Wilderness Years

William E. Bartelt & Joshua A. Claybourn: Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President J. Edward Murr, edited by Joshua Claybourn: Abraham Lincoln's Wilderness Years: Collected Works of J. Edward Murr Review Essay by Andrew F. Lang The “Lincoln legend” goes something like this. Born in 1809 to impoverished Kentucky parents whose earthly p ...