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ALPLM Gifted Contribution from Charitable Trust

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is set to receive a boost in its efforts to remain a leader in American museums. The esteemed Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, based in Chicago, generously provided a $100,000 grant to support the ALPLM in developing an interpretive plan that will shape the museum's exhibits for years to come. The ultimate objective is to enhance the relevance of the library and museum to a wider range of visitors.


Expressing gratitude for the trust's contribution, Executive Director Christina Shutt remarked, "We are honored that the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust appreciates what we do and wants the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to remain a vibrant leader in the field. This grant will go a long way toward ensuring our future is as exciting as our past."


The ALPLM intends to create an interpretive plan that effectively showcases Abraham Lincoln's enduring legacy and relevance in contemporary times. In order to achieve this, the museum will engage visitors and potential visitors to gather valuable insights. The Elizabeth Morse Genius grant will fund the assistance of a museum expert who will facilitate focus groups, conduct workshops, and help formulate the interpretive plan.


The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, established by Elizabeth Morse Genius, the daughter of Charles Hosmer Morse, a prominent figure in Chicago's 19th-century growth, has a longstanding tradition of philanthropy. The trust supports organizations that promote humility, self-sacrifice, and alleviate human suffering, with a particular emphasis on fostering dignity and self-esteem among underserved youth.


Lauren Dodge, development director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, highlighted the trust's discerning selection process, stating, "The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust has a stellar reputation for carefully choosing worthy projects to support. The trust focuses on projects in the Chicago area, so its generous grant to the ALPLM recognizes that our mission and Lincoln's legacy benefit people in all parts of the state."



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