* AP yesterday…
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is putting nine items up for auction in Las Vegas June 23, including photos of the 1950s movie icon. Julien’s Auctions says the wool dress could sell for more than $60,000.
The foundation owes about $10 million on a 2007 loan it used to buy items purportedly belonging to Lincoln, including a stovepipe hat, bloodstained gloves and an 1824 book.
* From a Tribune op-ed by Carla Knorowski, the chief executive officer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation…
There is a burgeoning threat to President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.
As the Tribune has reported, his presidential seal, stovepipe hat, locks of his hair, gloves he carried with him the night of the assassination — stained with the very blood he spilled that this nation might have a new birth of freedom — could regrettably be moving closer to the auction block. […]
If a single Lincoln artifact goes to auction, taken from the public realm, then we, as a nation are collectively diminished and must look ourselves in the mirror and take responsibility. It is not any one individual’s or group’s responsibility to bear; it is all of ours to bear.
What would Lincoln do if faced with this problem? He would solve it and not let us down. In that same vein, we must solve it and not let him down. We should, posthaste, set our hearts, minds and yes, money to the task we have before us.
* Gov. Rauner was asked about the issue yesterday…
Gov. Rauner said the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum foundation that’s considering unloading prized Abraham Lincoln artifacts to pay down debt shouldn’t do “any panicked selling.”
The governor on Tuesday didn’t say whether taxpayer money would be used to try to keep the Land of Lincoln’s Lincoln stuff off the auction block. […]
“The loan that they used to buy that material is not due (until October 2019). That’s a long time. So, move slowly,” Rauner said. “Certainly let’s not have any panicked selling or action or whatever.”
“And obviously we, as the state government — it’s separate from that foundation,” he said. “They’re separate, we have to keep them separate, we have to make sure we manage our taxpayer funds very prudently.”