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Fort Wayne

"Opening Doors Through Service"

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Parkview Field, Second Floor, Suite Level
1301 Ewing St
Corner of Ewing and Breckenridge
Fort Wayne, IN  46802
United States
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Breaking News
DON'T MISS THIS!
AUGUST 1, 2016
 SPEAKERS:  Candace Schuler, President’s Address and  
Megan Gearhart, Returning RYE Outbound Student
 
MEETING OF JULY 25, 2016
 
PASSION, PROFESSIONALISM, INNOVATION MARK LINCOLN COLLECTION AT ALLEN COUNTY LIBRARY
 
Indiana beat out elite competitors nearly 10 years ago – including the Smithsonian and Abraham Lincoln’s presidential library – to win the Lincoln Financial Group’s collection of pieces by and about the nation’s most popular president.
 
By providing the only proposal to digitize pieces and thus make them available to the world, the Lincoln Financial collection was given to Indiana when the insurance company closed the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne. Today, the Indiana Museum in Indianapolis has the artifacts and the Fort Wayne library has the documents, through an amazing feat of collaboration.
 
“It’s not the largest collection but I firmly believe it’s the best,” said Curt Wichter, senior manager for special collections at the ACPL (and renowned digitization guru).  
 
Wichter says the collection should remain in Indiana because the Hoosier state is where Lincoln grew up. “We can state we formed Lincoln,” Wichter says.
 
The materials housed at the ACPL are varied and vast. They include more than 20,000 items of Lincolniana (items on or related to Lincoln). The digitized items also contain one of the largest collections of Lincoln-related newspapers. These include mourning articles printed following Lincoln’s assassination and daily news coverage as the story evolved. More than 10,000 pages of historical newspapers are available online.
 
Other categories are manuscripts, letters, photos and postcards. “The presidential library in Springfield (Illinois) says they have the Lincoln family photo album … but we have the contents,” Wichter proudly declared.
 
Wichter said the former Lincoln Museum’s vertical files – “the place where historians put stuff because they don’t want to throw it away” – were digitized, putting almost 203,000 news and magazine clippings as well as letter and remembrances at the world’s fingertips.
 
The digitized collection is a researcher’s dream due to the readily available level of detail about Lincoln and his life, mannerisms and manners. And Wichter reported the collection is popular, as all pre-1923 items are scanned and, since 2009, have been downloaded more than 2 million times.
 
Abraham Lincoln also is the most researched and written-about president, with new books regularly published each year. Nearly 15,000 Lincoln-related books are available online and the online catalog boasts a terrific search interface program.
 
“Fort Wayne has a very significant part of the collection and made it available to everyone,” Wichter said. “But having it isn’t enough; having people use it is the key.”
 
Take a peek for yourself, go to:
 
 
https://www.lincolncollection.org/ to learn more about the collection.
 
If you would like a tour of the collection at the library or would like to talk with a Lincoln Librarian, go to Lincoln@acpl.info.
 
 
THIS AND THAT
  • Club member Tom Heil shared a new video about The Landing, an Associated Churches program where students ages 13-19 can find hope, healing and freedom.  Read more about The Landing at http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/schools/Landing-helps-teens-overcome-addiction-14130845
  • President Candace Schuler announced that the Little Free Libraries project, which was part of the club’s centennial celebration, will reach its goal of 100 installations by end of the calendar year.
  • On Thursday, August 4, 11:30 to 1:15, the Rotary Committee Chairs will meet at the Main Library downtown.  Lunch will be served.  As we kick off this new Rotary year, please put this important meeting on your calendar and plan to attend.  If you cannot be there, you could ask a member of your committee to sit in for you. Please let Jane know if you plan to be there so the appropriate amount of lunch will be available. Email Jane
PONTOON RIDES ON THE THREE RIVERS
What a great evening! VERY senic on Fort Wayne's Three Rivers! No odors at all! We were on the rivers for two hours. Only a very pieces of litter! Dan the River Man (Dan Wire) gave a wonderful guided tour! Thanks to Rick Zolman for the arrangements, including delicious food!
      
 
 
 

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For More Information: Rotary Secretary Jane Wilks 260.341.1600
 
 
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