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Indiana Lincoln Museum Collection to Stay in Indiana

When the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, IN, announced it was closing in June and it would donate its $20 million collection to an appropriate museum, an intense scramble began to obtain the extensive Lincoln collection. Competitors included the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress and a joint bid by the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis and Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced over the weekend that the Indiana team won, getting to keep in state what is considered the largest personal and presidential Lincoln collection in the world.

The Lincoln museum closed after 77 years, saying its attendance was low and there was a need to share its resources.

By Linda Wheeler  |  December 15, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
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