Posted by Mr. President on June 19, 2007
Seance In Springfield
Fresh on the heels of their hundred thousand dollar purchase of a Lincoln portrait by artist cheezemeister LeRoy Neiman, the Lincoln Museum is aiming higher. They are now spending as much as twenty million dollars for a private Lincoln collection.
Museum officials claim the presence of relics such as Lincoln’s hat will allow future visitors a “personal relationship with their historical figures,” letting “ghosts arise.”
Pinch me. Carried along by their own powerful vision, the museum gets cloudy on who pays. The Executive Director told the AP that “no tax money is involved. Instead, the foundation is working with the city of Springfield to issue bonds to pay for the collection now, and private fundraising will pay off the bonds in years to come.”
Or won’t, and twenty years or so hence taxpayers may.