SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president’s hometown.
Beck’s charity, Mercury One, has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 million debt owed for a collection of 1,400 artifacts purchased a decade ago for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.READ MORE: Shuttered For More Than Five Years, Chippewa Campground At Kankakee River State Park Could Soon See Repairs
Beck says: “Lincoln’s mission didn’t end in the 1860s. His words challenge us yet today.”READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Nominates Annette Nance-Holt As First Black Woman To Serve As City's Fire Commissioner
The museum’s fundraising foundation took out a $23 million loan in 2007 to obtain the collection. The collection includes valuable personal effects of Lincoln’s and a stovepipe hat whose link to Lincoln has been questioned.
Museum director Alan Lowe thanked Beck for his gift and for urging listeners of his popular radio talk show to help.MORE NEWS: Hard Rock Casino Opening In Gary Friday
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