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2014 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest

 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Release of the 2013 essay topic/question and drawing theme

 

Friday, 28 February 2014, 5p.m.
Deadline for submissions for essays and drawings

 

Sunday, 6 April 2014, 2p.m.
Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest Awards Ceremony
St. Agatha’s School, 440 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186

 

Essay Question (grades 5-8):

 

One hundred and fifty years ago, on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, where he said:

 

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

In the Address, two of the most notable quotes are:
“… all men are created equal.”
“…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

 

What do these principles mean to us as Americans?

 

Drawing Topic (grades K-4):

 

Draw President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address.

 

What is the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest?
The Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest was established in 1924 by Mary Bowditch Forbes, granddaughter of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes. Ms. Forbes greatly admired President Abraham Lincoln, and in 1909 began collecting Lincoln and Civil War artworks and memorabilia, which are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection. To promote appreciation for our 16th president, Ms. Forbes requested original essays and drawings from students each year, inspired by the life and work of Abraham Lincoln.

 

Today, the Museum continues the tradition, and sends an annual request for essays and drawings from students throughout Milton and Greater Boston. Each fall, the FHM Lincoln Committee, comprised of Museum Trustees, K-12 educators, Lincoln historians and Civil War enthusiasts, meets to debate and select a question and topic. The question and topic are then released to the public, and students must use the question or topic as the subject for their essay or drawing.

 

Individual student submissions are encouraged; The FHM Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest was established as a civic exercise challenging students to excellence outside the scope of their regular school work.

 

K-12 educators are also welcome to introduce the essay and drawing question/topic to their students. A submission of individual essays and drawings, gathered into one package by an educator, is also accepted and encouraged.

 

A first, second and third place winner is chosen among the entries for each grade level. Essays are accepted from students in grades 5 through 8; drawings are accepted from students in grades Kindergarten through grade 4.

 

Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner of each grade level. All winners will receive a free Family membership to the Forbes House Museum, along with other surprises!

 

An awards ceremony is held each year to celebrate the winning students’ accomplishments. This year, the ceremony will be held at St. Agatha’s School, 440 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186. Some winners of the essay contest are asked to read their essays to the guests.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

 

ON THE BACK of your essay or drawing you MUST include:
Your name
Your grade
Your school
Your teacher's name
Your home address
Your home telephone number
The name of your parent or guardian
An e-mail address for your parent or guardian

 

Essay Guidlelines:
Grade 6-8: 600-word max
Grade 5: 300-word max
Essays will be judged on:
1. Ideas/Voice (The topic, focus, and details make the essay truly memorable)
2. Historical Accuracy/Research (The essay accurately references historical events, quotes, sources)
3. Organization (The organization makes the essay informative and easy to read)
4. Sentence Fluency/Conventions (Writing shows smooth sentence structure, punctuation, spelling and grammar)

 

Drawing Guidelines:
Any media is allowed
Maximum size of the drawing is 18” x 24”
Drawings will be judged on:
1. Originality (The image is clear, unique and original)
2. Artistic Merit (The composition, form and color of the art is pleasing to the eye)
3. Historical Accuracy (The art references the topic and shows understanding of who, what, where and when)

 

Essays can be dropped of at the Museum office or mailed to:
2014 Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest
Forbes House Museum
215 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186

 

The FHM will accept essay submissions by e-mail:
The essay should be sent as a Word document or PDF to info@forbeshousemuseum.org. Scanned hand-written essays are accepted as long as they are completely legible. The subject line of the e-mail must read: Lincoln Essay 2014.

 

In the body of the e-mail you MUST include:
Your name
Your grade
Your school
Your teacher's name
Your home address
Your home telephone number
The name of your parent or guardian
An e-mail address for your parent or guardian

 

Drawings cannot be submitted by e-mail; original works of art must be delivered to the Museum for judging.
**Upon submission, essays and drawings become the property of the Forbes House Museum and remain in our archives at the museum’s discretion. The FHM reserves the right to reproduce essays and artworks for publicity and promotion of the museum and its programs, which includes press releases, electronic media announcements, brochures, posters and postcards.

 

For more information on the Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest, call the Museum at 617-696-1815 or e-mail us at info@forbeshousemuseum.org.

 

Click here to download the 2014 Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest Submission Guidelines
(PDF document. Requires Adobe® Reader®.)

 

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