Controversy for the New Director of AMSE

Controversy for the new director of an Oak Ridge museum.

Alan Lowe started his job yesterday (Monday) with The American Museum of Science and Energy. He was fired from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for lending out an irreplaceable copy of the Gettysburg Address.

A report by the Illinois Inspector General says Lowe lent the document to Mercury One for a “pop-up museum” last year. The document is one of five known copies of the Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln’s hand. It wasn’t supposed to be lent out without a unanimous vote by the Historic Preservation Agency Board of Trustees.

The inspector general found Lowe mismanaged the museum and violated policies.

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