Knox gets matching Lincoln Studies grant: At $850,000, it’s third largest of 184 NEH gifts

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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 Humanities’ “We the People” challenge grant.

“It’s a vote of confidence in not just the center but the institution,” 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.

“Lincoln remains one of the most beloved presidents. … There’s a lot of public and scholarly interest in him,” he said. “We’re already raising money, so we believe we have the expertise and resources to continue that.”

Knox’s grant is the third largest among this year’s 184 NEH grants and the largest to any educational institution in the nation. The “We the People” 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.