Hurry, hurry

June 26, 2008

Just a reminder that if you want to see the Lincoln Museum, you’d better do it before Monday. And don’t count on any of the collection being in Fort Wayne for very long, despite the best efforts of a lot of people:

Among the powerhouses of historical preservation hoping to divvy out the collection, according to today’s Washington Post, are the Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, the National Museum of American History and President Lincoln’s Cottage, all based in Washington, D.C. The organizations have jointly submitted a proposal to assume ownership of the collection.

“The field will be narrowed as early as a month from now. … I would say within the next several months. They hope to narrow it down to three finalists,” Moser said of the process that is involving a private consulting firm and the board.

With bidders like that, what are the chances of the museum being awarded to a Fort Wayne group? And there’s really no logical reason for the museum to be here, except that it always has been and we want our city to continue to have an attraction that cool. Something of such historic interest and significance deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. There’s a better chance of that with one of the big Washington, D.C., players than here in a modest Midwestern city. I know, I know, Abraham Lincoln stuff in the nation’s capital! Whatever are they thinking?

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