Knox College received $850,000 from the National Endowment of Humanities to support the Lincoln Studies Center. The NEH announced a total of $29 million in grants and offers for 184 humanity projects. It chose Knox College as part of its “We the People” program, designating the Lincoln Studies Center as a “We the People” project. On the “We the People” web page of the NEH, it stated “the primary emphasis of the We the People program is upon grant-making to scholars, teachers, filmmakers, curators, librarians, and others who submit proposals for projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture.”
Along with the NEH’s program challenge grant of $850,000, $2.5 million in matching funds raised by Knox College will “establish a permanent endowment for the Lincoln Studies Center, for the support of the Center’s directorship, a new technical staff position, and the continuation of the Center’s mission” to gather, collect, edit and disseminate primary sources relating to Abraham Lincoln.
Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson have been the co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center since 1998. Cooperating with the Library of Congress, they were responsible for putting a number of Lincoln documents online. They have published two books in the Lincoln Studies Center Publication Series published by the University of Illinois Press: a reprint of the biography of Abraham Lincoln by William H. Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner, titled Herndon’s Lincoln published in 1996 and a new edition of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition.
The Lincoln Studies Center usually has one or two lectures a year. It has already had one lecture by one of the board of directors and usually will have another lecture in the winter or spring term.
We’re glad the institution wants to do this…We’re glad that they’re interesting in perpetuating [the Lincoln Studies Center],” Wilson said. “We hope they’re successful.”