history fun for children
Lincoln Presidential Library offers puzzle and art contests as part
of 10th anniversary festivities
Local schools encouraged to participate
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[October 23, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD Ė Learning history isnít
simply memorizing dates and taking tests. Students can also learn
through games and art, including two events offered by the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as part of its 10th
In November, teams of schoolchildren will compete to assemble a
giant puzzle made from the 272 words of Lincolnís Gettysburg
Address. The fastest teams in three different age groups will win
prizes provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Students can also take part in an art contest, with the winning
submissions going on display in the presidential museum in April.
The studentsí work should relate to the 10th anniversary of the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which opened on
April 19, 2004.
Anniversary events begin in November with the opening of a major new
museum exhibition about Lincoln, production of a new play and more,
including the puzzle.
The Gettysburg Address Puzzle Contest takes place on three days in
November. Students in grades 5 and 6 compete on Nov. 4, grades 7 and
8 on Nov. 5, and grades 9 through 12 on Nov. 6. Teams consist of
five students, although an entire classroom is welcome to attend and
watch the competition.
The registration deadline is Oct. 28.
To register, get more details or request a copy of the rules,
contact Carol Manning (217-558-8929,
) or Maureen Horstman (217-558-8951,
Manning and Horstman can also provide information about the art
contest, which will offer prizes in three categories: Grades K-5,
6-8 and 9-12.
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Art for the contest can be almost anything a student
imagines, as long as it relates to the presidential museumís
anniversary, which is also the anniversary year for the end of
the Civil War and the death of Abraham Lincoln. The piece must
be done on poster board 11 inches wide by 14 inches high; and it
cannot use copyrighted characters such as Iron Man or Mickey
The submission deadline is Jan. 30, 2015.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (212 N.
Sixth Street, Springfield, Ill.) has welcomed nearly 3.5 million
visitors in less than a decade. The ALPLM's museum immerses
visitors in Abraham Lincoln's life by combining sound
scholarship with captivating special effects; the library offers
researchers an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents,
artifacts and photographs.
[Text received; CHRIS WILLS, ABRAHAM
LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM]