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Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum gets aniversary gift from ETF

10 Sep

The East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) has been doing good works in this region for over 25 years. Their work is executed through grants and awards to non-profit organizations in 25-counties in East Tennessee.  LMU is proud to be one of those organizations. Throughout its history, the ETF has supported LMU and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum with enrichment programs and by providing funds for special projects and events including the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

In 2011, ETF is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving – Neighbors caring for Neighbors. To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what the Foundation does in our 25-county service area, ETF will award 25/$2,500 grants (one $2,500 grant to one nonprofit in each of the 25 counties we serve) and one $25,000 ETF recognition endowment to a nonprofit located within our service area.

The unusual part of the 25th Anniversary Grant is that there was no application. All the recipients were evaluated and selected by the ETF staff and its board without even knowing they were under consideration.  That is what happened for the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. One day, they got the call that they had been selected and a few weeks later ETF Senior Vice President for Programs and Regional Development Terry Holley presented the award to Museum Director Thomas Mackie.

Holley noted in her presentation that ETF and ALLM have partnered in the past to support a variety of educational and cultural programs. The Museum is a unique treasure in this region and ETF has supported efforts to promote public awareness and appreciation of LMU’s historical legacy of documentary resources relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War era and regional Appalachian history.

The overall objective of our 25th Anniversary Celebration is to bring greater awareness and understanding throughout East Tennessee of how East Tennessee Foundation works with donors and through nonprofits in the region and how each person in our service area can have a relationship with the Foundation.

The Museum  will use the grant to complete one of our public programs later this year.

Pictured during the presentation are Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Philip Supina, Administrative Assistant for the Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts and Science Laura Mackie, University Archivist Michelle Ganz, Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Assistant Director and Curator Steven Wilson, East Tennessee Foundation Senior Vice President for Programs and Regional Development Terry Holley, Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Director Thomas Mackie, President B. James Dawson, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Evelyn Smith, Lincoln Historian and Professor of History Charles Hubbard and Vice President for Academic Affairs Clayton Hess.



Woefully behind, trying to catch-up

9 Sep

This has been a busy week at LMU. So busy, I have fallen way behind on this blog. I have attempted to catch back up all week, but at the end of the day, it’s the end of the day and I’m out of time. So here we are at 10:26 p.m. on Friday night. So let’s hit the highlights of the week and call ourselves caught-up. I’ll try to start new with the daily posting next week.

Monday brought a rainy Labor Day to LMU. Classes were cancelled and offices were closed and it turned out, the City of Harrogate Labor Day festivities were called on account of rain. The annual celebration which takes place at the Harrogate City Park includes live music, family activities and fireworks. The celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 17 beginning at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, another rainy day, took me to the LMU-Duncan School of Law where everyone is busy preparing for accreditation events. For my part, I arranged a last minute photo shoot to highlight some of the smaller, but no less equipped, study rooms.


East Tennessee Foundation grant presentation.

Wednesday, the rain was finally clearing, brought a new session of Staff Senate with a gaggle of new staff representatives including yours truly. The meeting served as an introduction to the organization for us “newbies” as Staff Senate Chair Julie Longmire reviewed the accomplishments of the past year and went over the projects that were being carried over to this year. New officers were also elected. I literally walked out of that meeting and into the next event. The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum had been selected by the East Tennessee Foundation to receive a $2,500 grant and ETF Senior Vice President for Programs and Regional Development Terry Holley travelled to Harrogate to make the presentation (I will share more on this in a future entry). No sooner had I snapped the last picture at the presentation than my phone began to ring. It was Lieutenant Adam Howland with LMU ROTC and they were presenting a huge scholarship to one of our students. It was really a milestone for LMU’s ROTC program which is in the midst’s of a reboot after dropping off the campus landscape for a while (again more on the presentation in another post). I capped the day with a visit to the Math Science Building site to take some photos of the project’s progress. The trip wasn’t exactly planned, so I was dressed appropriately for a construction site. With all the rain, I was lucky to escape without ruining my dress shoes.


Marshall Chapman performs.

I started my day on Thursday in Harrogate for a homecoming meeting. I hit the road before noon heading back to DSOL to finish the ABA photo project. Later that evening Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult welcomed Marshall Chapman for the opening of the Appalachian Reading Series. Chapman, a Nashville-fixture, is an accomplished songwriter and essayist. She even stared alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw in the movie Country Strong, she played Paltrow’s road manager. The program was co-sponsored by the Music Department. Chapman performed her music and read from her new book, They Came to Nashville. Afterwards, she met with the crowd and signed books.


Marshall Chapman signs Charlie Allen's kindle during the Appalachian Reading Series event on Thursday.


And I’m not really sure how Friday got away from me so quickly, but here I am, signing off at 11:11 p.m. (make a wish) whew…. What a week.