Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
Knox College was approved to receive, during the 2008 fiscal year, $295,320 for â€œpreservation projects through the Save Americaâ€™s Treasures program,â€ according to the Chronicleâ€™s searchable database. The project, originally applied for on the FY 2007 Appropriations bill, was sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Since Congress did not pass a full appropriations bill for FY 2007, many projects such as the one at Knox were pushed back for one more year.
According to Durbinâ€™s press secretary, Christina Mulka, the money will be used to establish the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center; the Lincoln-Douglas Debates/Underground Railroad Information and Education Center; an art gallery and exhibition space; and â€œhistorically-appropriate building renovation for academic/public useâ€ through non-federal funding. All these projects are set to take place in Alumni Hall, which has been undergoing renovations for the past seven years.