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Radio star Glenn Beck gives $50K to Lincoln artifacts debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president’s hometown.

Beck’s charity called Mercury One has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 million debt owed for a collection of 1,400 artifacts purchased a decade ago for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Beck says that “Lincoln’s mission didn’t end in the 1860s. His words challenge us yet today.”

The museum’s fundraising foundation took out a $23 million loan in 2007 to obtain the collection. It includes valuable personal effects of Lincoln’s and a stovepipe hat whose link to Lincoln has been questioned.

Museum director Alan Lowe thanked Beck for his gift and for urging listeners of his popular radio talk show to help.