From the Register-Mail:
Knox College was awarded a grant for $850,000 to support the Lincoln Studies Center, providing the school can raise $2.5 million over the next five years.
The award comes from the National Endowment of the Humanitiesâ€™ â€œWe the Peopleâ€ challenge grant.
â€œItâ€™s a vote of confidence in not just the center but the institution,â€ said Lawrence B. Breitborde, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.
Breitborde said the college will conduct the fundraising efforts on a national basis. With the recent Lincoln bicentennial there is more interest in the former president and Breitborde said he hopes Knox can tap into that through their fundraising efforts.
â€œLincoln remains one of the most beloved presidents. … Thereâ€™s a lot of public and scholarly interest in him,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re already raising money, so we believe we have the expertise and resources to continue that.â€
Knoxâ€™s grant is the third largest among this yearâ€™s 184 NEH grants and the largest to any educational institution in the nation. The â€œWe the Peopleâ€ program, which supports teaching and study of American history, announced grants totaling $29 million.
If awarded, the grant money and donations will be dedicated to establishing a permanent endowment for the Lincoln Studies Center, providing long-term support of the directorship of the Center, adding a new staff position, acquiring more primary resources pertaining to Lincoln and Lincoln scholarship to scholars, students and the general public.