Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Awarded CARES Grant


The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) has received $5,000 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. ALLM is part of the first round of grant recipients awarded through Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


The funds will be used toward the mission of educating area youth on the history of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and civics topics. ALLM created 1,000 museum activity books to distribute to elementary-age children free at food pick-ups this summer.


“We want the children to color, sleuth and have fun while learning about the past, regardless of whether or not they have access to the internet,” said ALLM Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet. “Many of the eager learners we see every year lack internet access to benefit from our online offerings. Sometimes, we are the first or only museum they have the opportunity to visit or be visited by thanks to museum outreach programs like Civil War STEAM, Of the People, and Skype in the Classroom.”


Nonprofit organizations from Johnson City to Memphis in all nine Tennessee Congressional districts received more than $300,000 from Humanities Tennessee in the first round of CARES Act relief funding. The 64 recipient organizations provide public humanities programming in communities throughout Tennessee.


"Our goal is to fund as many organizations as we can as quickly as possible," said Tim Henderson, executive director of Humanities Tennessee. "To achieve that goal, we are implementing two grant rounds. Our board is proud to have completed the first round of awards, knowing that every cultural organization in the state is challenged right now. We hope these funds will ease the difficulty of making payroll and other operating expenses in order to keep humanities programming strong for the future."


The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is closed for renovation and plans to reopen in 2020. For more information about continued programming while the museum is closed, call 423.869.6235 or follow ALLM on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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