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.

Latest News 03.02.20

Lincoln Art Contest

Theme: Reimagining Lincoln We want to see Lincoln through your eyes! Reimagine the 16th president using any medium of your choice. Eligibility: Any Indiana student, ages 10-14 years old Submission: Entries must be received by March 22, 2020. Each entry must include an artist’s statement that explains what was used to create the piece and ...

Next Event 2020

Lincoln at the Library 2020

The 2020 Lincoln at the Library series will consist of three dynamic programs and presentations. Check back for more information and dates in early 2020.

On Display Now

Lincoln Collection Items

These Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection items are on display now at the Allen County Public Library in the Fine Book Room Vault...

Latest Lore 06.29.20

“Letters from the Front” by John Truex, Company D, 82nd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers

August 27, 1862  (Camp Emerson)  “Dear Wife” This letter was apparently written shortly after his arrival at Camp Emerson because he comments:  “We have not drawed our clothes yet.”  At this early date, the ugly reality of war has not yet dawned:  “We are enjoying ourselves very well, getting as much to eat as soldiers could ask.  T ...