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Horace Mann and presidential library team up to foster appreciation of history and education, combat historical illiteracy

[FEB. 16, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- A lasting love for history and education is the goal of The Horace Mann -- Abraham Lincoln Fellowship unveiled Saturday by Horace Mann Educators Corp. and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The Horace Mann -- Abraham Lincoln Fellowship is a program designed to attract educators from across the country to the new presidential library and museum in a partnership that will help teachers to teach tomorrow's leaders about our rich heritage. The program is a joint effort that will recognize 50 educators per year by providing them with a $1,000 fellowship, courtesy of Horace Mann, designed to cover all expenses related to their study of a curriculum created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

"Horace Mann believes that this sponsorship is an extension of our strong commitments to the education community, the city of Springfield, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum," said Lou Lower, chief executive officer of Horace Mann. "Sharing the extraordinary resources of our neighbor, the presidential library and museum, with the country's education community is an exciting prospect that will benefit everyone involved."

In addition to underwriting the fellowship program, Horace Mann has made a $100,000 pledge to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

The program will be promoted by Horace Mann through its marketing materials, which are distributed by more than 800 agents in 47 states, and through the company's website,

The company will award the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation a $50,000 grant each year for the next five years and work with the foundation in the design and development of curriculum materials and the selection of Lincoln Fellows. Educators from elementary, middle and high schools across the country will be eligible to apply. The first class of Lincoln Fellows is expected to arrive in Springfield during summer 2006.

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"Teachers are on the front lines in the battle against historical illiteracy," said Richard Norton Smith, executive director of the presidential library and museum. "This partnership will better equip our educators to make history come alive in the classroom."

Horace Mann -- the largest multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs -- provides retirement annuities, life insurance, property and casualty insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by educators for educators in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield. Horace Mann is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HMN.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the world's foremost research facility about the life and times of our 16th president. It is open daily to the public. The adjacent Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, featuring engaging exhibits and theatrical presentations that will immerse visitors in Lincoln's world, opens to the public on April 19.

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Life Sentence, No Parole

If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or in a kennel.

Dogs are pack animals who crave the companionship of others.  Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the world to them.  Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea of heaven.

Many dogs left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether.

If you have a backyard dog, please, bring him or her inside.  They don't want much--just you.

A public service announcement from Lincoln Daily News and

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