Sielaff received the
historical society's War of 1812 Student Scholarship for her history
fair project entitled "How did the Edwards Trace Influence the
Eventual Settlement of Central and Southern Illinois?"
exhibit tells a significant story about the settlement of the
Illinois Territory in the years before statehood and during the
international conflict that has come to be known as the War of
1812," noted state Sen. David Koehler, 46th District, in presenting
Sielaff her award.
Schumacher was presented with the Olive Foster Teacher of the
Year Award, which recognizes teachers for their outstanding
contributions to the study and teaching of state and local history.
Recipients actively promote Illinois history in their schools and
communities, using resources of local historical societies, museums,
the state society and related organizations.
Schumacher has taught history at Zion Lutheran School for 21
years, and oversees the biannual school history fair. Projects from
the school's fair often progress to regional and state competition.
Schumacher also serves as the school's principal.
[Text from file received from
Zion Lutheran School, Lincoln]