Lincoln Heritage Museum

Support the Museum

We thank you for considering making a gift to the Lincoln Heritage Museum.  Your financial assistance will help the Lincoln Heritage Museum continue to advance and preserve our collection.  In addition, your generous support will help us continue to further our mission through our conservation and educational outreach efforts.  It is gifts such as yours that allow us to welcome visitors from all over the world to enjoy learning about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

 You can support the mission of the Lincoln Heritage Museum by sending a check or donating online using the simple and secure online giving form and selecting “Lincoln Heritage Museum” from the drop-down menu.

Friends of Lincoln Heritage Museum Memberships

Your investment in a membership with The Lincoln Heritage Museum supports our efforts to preserve Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and fulfill our mission. Conservation efforts and educational opportunities for students, the community, and domestic and international visitors are further enhanced by membership support. We hope you will consider becoming a member today!

Scholar (Lincoln College Students)

  • The student and a guest will receive admission to the museum with each visit, with a valid ID 10% discount at Museum gift shop.

1809, the year Abraham Lincoln was born ($50-$99)

  • Entitles member to one free admission to the Museum
  • 10% discount at the Museum gift shop
  • Subscription to the Lincoln Heritage Museum newsletter
  • Time Traveler benefits at over 275 historical museums throughout the United States

1853, the year the town of Lincoln was dedicated ($100-$499)

  • Free unlimited admission to the museum for the member for one year
  • 20% discount at the Museum gift shop
  • Advance notice of programs
  • Subscription to Lincoln Heritage Museum newsletter
  • Time Traveler benefits at over 275 historical museums throughout the United States.

1860, the year Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President ($500-$999)

  • Free unlimited admission for the member plus one guest to the museum for one year
  • 20% discount at the Museum gift shop
  • Advance notice of special events and programs
  • Subscription to Lincoln Heritage Museum newsletter
  • Time Traveler benefits at over 275 historical museums throughout the United States.

1865, the year Lincoln College was founded ($1,000+)

  • An engraved paver (8×8) to be placed outside of the museum entrance area
  • Free unlimited admission for the member plus two guest to the museum for one year
  • 20% discount at the Museum gift shop
  • Advance notice of special events and programs
  • Subscription to Lincoln Heritage Museum newsletter
  • Time Traveler benefits at over 275 historical museums throughout the United States.

Heritage 3-year Membership ($5,000+ payable over duration of the membership)

  • Name recognition displayed in the Museum
  • One Personalized Guided Tour with the Director and/or Curator of the Lincoln Heritage Museum
  • An engraved paver (12×12) to be placed outside of the museum entrance area
  • Free unlimited admission for the member plus up to three guests for each visit for three years
  • 20% discount at the Museum gift shop
  • Special invitations to exhibit & program previews
  • Subscription to Lincoln Heritage Museum newsletter
  • Time Traveler benefits at over 275 historical museums throughout the United States

*A complimentary engraved paver is included with your initial 1865 or Heritage 3-year membership. Individual engraved pavers are also available to be placed outside the Lincoln Heritage Museum in the Sculpture Circle or Museum Patio. 8×8 pavers are $250; 12×12 pavers are $500. Contact the Museum for order information.

Naming Opportunities ($15,000+)

The Museum offers opportunities to name galleries and public spaces.  These naming opportunities—in grateful recognition of leadership gifts from the Museum’s most generous supporters—ensure that your generosity will be recognized for years to come.

Lincoln Items

The Lincoln Heritage Museum also accepts gifts of actual items, as long as they are relevant to the Museum’s collecting goals, and that they fit within the scope of our theme, particularly, but not limited to, the scope of Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War, 19th Century historical pieces, Logan County as it relates to Lincoln and/or the Civil War, and the American presidency. The Museum accepts into its collections only those items that relate to its mission, that complements or strengthens existing collections, and that can be given proper care by the Museum. The Museum makes no promises that donations will be displayed. Generally, the Museum accepts only those donated collections that are given without restriction. Federal regulations apply on all donations. Under certain circumstances, the museum also accepts temporary and permanent loans. The Lincoln Heritage Museum adheres to museum appropriate standards of professional care in its collections management.

For more information about donating items to the Museum, contact Tom McLaughlin, Director, at (217) 735-7254 or email tmclaughlin@lincolncollege.edu.

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- Abraham Lincoln