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Glenn Beck gives $50K to Lincoln artifacts debt

December 10, 2018
FILE - This June 14, 2007, file photo, shows Abraham Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hat at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Lincoln in the 16th president's hometown. Beck's charity called Mercury One has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 million debt owed for a collection of 1,400 artifacts purchased a decade ago for the museum. It includes valuable personal effects of Lincoln's and the stovepipe hat whose link to Lincoln has been questioned. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president’s hometown.

Beck’s charity, Mercury One, has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 million debt owed for a collection of 1,400 artifacts purchased a decade ago for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Beck says: “Lincoln’s mission didn’t end in the 1860s. His words challenge us yet today.”

The museum’s fundraising foundation took out a $23 million loan in 2007 to obtain the collection. The collection includes valuable personal effects of Lincoln’s and a stovepipe hat whose link to Lincoln has been questioned.

Museum director Alan Lowe thanked Beck for his gift and for urging listeners of his popular radio talk show to help.

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