Did you know Abraham Lincoln was a Hoosier from 1816 to 1830, who lived in southern Indiana during his childhood?
His legacy is clearly visible in Fort Wayne as well, thanks to Lincoln National Life Insurance company and the Lincoln Financial Group headquartered right here.
Company founder, Arthur F. Hall, honored the former president’s efforts and his Indiana connection by naming the company after him.
Since then, the company continued to honor and remember Lincoln, eventually as the Lincoln Museum and Library, now home to Citizens Square. The museum and library featured one of the largest collections of Lincoln artifacts. Eventually closed in 2008, the items were then split between the Indiana State Museum in Indy and Allen County Public Library here in Fort Wayne. Since then, much of the collection has been on display in the ACPL Fort Wayne branch downtown basement.