On May 19, Allen County Public Library employees arrived at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, armed with 63 book carts and hundreds of empty boxes, signifying the transfer of a portion of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection (LFFC) to its new repository. I stayed in Ft. Wayne for four days to assist with the move. It was a very daunting task that I thought could never possibly get done in just a few days!
However, within those four days, the Library staff loaded their carts with thousands of books; hundreds of personal photographs from the Lincoln family album; documents related to and signed by Lincoln; and thousands more archival artifacts and transported them four blocks to their new home. It was a lot of packing and then unpacking the same artifacts and materials from the Lincoln Museum to ACPL. By the end of each day, we were all tired and ready for some rest.
The library employees never slowed down and completed the move in the four days. Over the next six months, library employees will continue to unpack and organize the collection into their climate controlled storage areas. I will continue to blog about the entire process that leads up to the opening of the Lincoln exhibits here at the Indiana State Museum in February 2010.
The LFFC was donated to the State of Indiana in partnership with the ACPL by Lincoln Financial Foundation in December of 2008. The Indiana State Museum will be home to all 3-D items while most archival objects will reside at the ACPL.