On Presidents’ Day, in February 2016, Mr. Rubenstein announced his gift to restore the Lincoln Memorial, which was constructed between 1914 and 1922. The donation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks will allow the National Park Service to repair damaged brick and marble masonry and clean the memorial; conserve the Jules Guérin murals located above the memorial’s inscriptions; create approximately 15,000 square feet of functional space including exhibit, education and research areas; and add an elevator to improve accessibility.
From its inception, the National Park System has benefited from private support. Many of the earliest national parks were the direct beneficiaries of generous philanthropists who stepped forward to keep national parks protected and open to everyone.
“These improvements will hopefully enable more people to better understand and appreciate Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable leadership during one of the most trying periods in American history.”
David Rubenstein’s “act of ‘patriotic philanthropy’ will not only safeguard one of our most visited and recognizable memorials for future generations, but will also help preserve Lincoln’s legacy to this country.”
—SALLY JEWELL, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
"Mr. Rubenstein’s continued support of national parks truly embodies the legacy of private citizens who originally protected the places that they loved. Protecting treasured places and saving history, his actions serve as a guiding light inspiring others to do the same as we move into the next century.”
—WILL SHAFROTH, President of the National Park Foundation