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 02.02.23

New Exhibits Opening at The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research

The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research will be unveiling three new exhibits on February 20, 2023. The three new exhibits are Immigrants & the Civil War, The Lincoln Boys, and Union Soldiers. Below are the features of each exhibit. Immigrants & the Civil War: The Immigrants & the Civil War case features images of German, Irish, S ...

Next Event 05.02.2023

2023 Rolland Lecture: Duelling Constitutions

Join us on May 2 at 7 p.m. for the 2023 Rolland Lecture presented by James Oakes. This lecture, “Duelling Constitutions,” will examine the way the national debate over slavery was also a debate over the meaning of the Constitution. For questions, please email us at [email protected].

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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 02.01.23

In Defense of History

In Defense of History Sara Gabbard  Daniel Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Librarian of Congress, once said that “trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”   A statement from John Adams expresses the passage of time and the resulting changes: “I must study pol ...