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Lincoln student wins award at Illinois History Expo

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[May 12, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Students from Lincoln, Tuscola and Dalzell each won the XVII Century Award from the Illinois Society Colonial Dames during the annual Illinois History Expo in Springfield on Thursday.

"These awards are presented for excellence in history projects," said Jan Grimes, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency director. The agency sponsors the expo in cooperation with the Chicago Metro History Education Center.

Breanna Raney of East Prairie School, Tuscola, won $125 for her project, "Black Hawk: Illinois Warrior." Her teachers are Kay Moser and Bill Hill.

Hannah Fulara of Dalzell Grade School in the Bureau County community of Dalzell won $75 for her project, "Second Mesquakie War, 1728-1737." Her teacher is Jessalynn Ganschow.

Lauren Stanfield of Zion Lutheran School, Lincoln, won $50 for "Old Union Cemetery." Her teacher is Steve Schumacher.

More than 1,400 junior and senior high school students from across the state participated in the May 8 expo. The students were winners selected during regional history fairs earlier this year.

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The goals of the Illinois Society Colonial Dames include aiding in the preservation of records and of the historic sites of our country; fostering interest in historical colonial research; aiding in the education of the country's youth; commemorating the noble and heroic deeds of our ancestors, the founders of our great republic; zealously maintaining those high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism that led to the independence of the colonies and the foundation of the United States of America; maintaining a library of heraldry and the preserving the lineage and coat-of-arms of our armorial ancestors; and developing a library specializing in 17th-century American colonial data.

The regional fairs and the Illinois History Expo are coordinated by the IHPA's Education Services program, which also publishes the online student history magazine Illinois History and Illinois History Teacher, which contains teaching materials. For more information on the program, visit

[Text from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]


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