Student Penny Drive Raises $4,000
to ‘Save the Flag’
Logan County Students Raised Money for
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[December 05, 2018]
As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial, the Lincoln Heritage Museum
at Lincoln College announced that students and community members
raised more than $4,000 to help restore an historic flag associated
with Logan County and Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential campaign,
during a recently completed school Penny Drive.
Students from 10 Logan County schools took part in the drive,
collecting pennies that will be used to help restore the Middletown
Flag, a hand-stitched campaign flag made by the ladies of
Middletown, Illinois, during the 1860 presidential election. The
student fundraising effort received two local matching pledges which
helped boost the total to just over $4,000.
“We timed this campaign to coincide with the 2018 election season,
giving teachers an opportunity to use the penny drive as a jumping
off point to teach students about political campaigns of the past
and present,” said Anne Moseley, Director of the Lincoln Heritage
Museum at Lincoln College. “At the same time it offered an
inexpensive way for students to participate in the restoration of an
important local historical artifact directly tied to Abraham
Lincoln’s political career.”
Participating Schools included: Carroll Catholic, Central
Elementary, Lincoln Junior High, Lincoln High School, New
Holland-Middletown, Northwest Elementary, Washington-Monroe
Elementary, West Lincoln-Broadwell, Zion Lutheran – Lincoln and Zion
Lutheran – Mt. Pulaski.
In addition to the students, Integrity Data of Lincoln also
collected pennies during the drive. Museum volunteers and visitors
to the museum also contributed.
The Penny Drive and matching funds brought the total amount raised
to date to almost $9,000, which is about half of the projected cost
for the restoration. The drive will continue through 2020.
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The flag was made for a Springfield rally for Lincoln held on August 8, 1860.
After being carried in the rally’s parade, the women of Middletown were thrilled
to find that Lincoln was draped in their flag as he gave a speech at the
fairgrounds. At a time when women were not allowed to vote, the flag served as a
way for the ladies of Middletown to express themselves publicly regarding their
candidate of choice.
The Middletown Flag is one of three pieces created for and used by the Wide
Awake Supporters of Logan
County, currently in the collection of the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln
College. The other two are the “Nations Choice” banner and a smaller banner of
Abraham Lincoln. Once the flag is restored, the entire set will be complete.
“Raising funds for the restoration was important, but that wasn’t the only goal.
The penny drive was intended to build civic pride among students while helping
them discover Logan County’s role in this historic chapter,” Moseley said. “In
the future, they will be able to point to the Middletown Flag in the museum that
they helped to save. Through the flag we can acknowledge past events while
instilling pride in the role played by Logan County citizens, past and present,
in our nation’s history.
“We chose to announce the results of this drive on the 200th anniversary of
Illinois becoming a state in order the highlight the importance of preserving
our rich history,” Moseley added.
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