The deadline for submissions is Dec. 18. Winning entries will
go on display at the presidential museum on Lincoln’s birthday, Feb.
12, and remain there throughout the year.
Applications and additional details can be found at bit.ly/LincolnArtContest2.
The previous contest drew more than 1,200 entries demonstrating
tremendous talent and creativity. Some of the top entries can be
seen at bit.ly/LincolnArtContest.
Learning history is about more than memorizing dates and taking
tests. Producing art is a great way for students to connect with
historic events and consider their meaning.
For instance, the theme of the new contest is “Lincoln in Illinois,”
so students could explore his 1830 arrival in the state, his
progress from restless young man to president-elect, his departure
for Washington in 1861 or anything else connecting Lincoln to
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Submissions must be on poster board 14 inches high by 11 inches wide in portrait
orientation (that is, taller than it is wide); and it cannot use copyrighted
characters such as Iron Man or Mickey Mouse.
The contest is open for students from kindergarten through the end of high
school. There will be winners in three categories: Grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Contact Carol Manning (217-558-8929,
firstname.lastname@example.org ) with questions.
[Shanta Thoele, Communications and
Public Affairs, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]