Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum Names New Executive Director

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has a new executive director – Christina Shutt.

The Springfield museum and library’s board of trustees announced Friday the selection of its first Black leader. Shutt comes from Arkansas, where she served as executive director of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. She holds master’s degrees in both history and library science.

Shutt’s appointment must be approved by the Illinois Senate. She’s the fifth director of the Lincoln museum, which opened in 2005, and is scheduled to begin the job in June.

“You can’t truly understand America without understanding Abraham Lincoln’s impact on the nation,” Shutt said in a news release. “I’m excited to help share Lincoln’s enduring legacy and his relevancy for today.”

Former Congressman Ray LaHood, who chairs the ALPLM’s board, praised Shutt’s selection.

“Christina Shutt brings tremendous expertise to the job, as well as new perspectives on how to interpret the life, legacy and lessons of Abraham Lincoln,” LaHood said.

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March 5, 2021 at 10:56AM

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