MEDIA ALERT: Pres. Lincoln Student Writing Contest Opens Today

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Release dated: 
February 1, 2013
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Randal Dietrich • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3113 •

MEDIA ALERT: Pres. Lincoln Student Writing Contest Opens Today

"Dear President Lincoln, the Minnesota Historical Society's Student Writing Contest" is now open for submissions. The website application processes launched today at noon.

LincolnWHAT: Students in grades 6-12 are invited to write a response to Pres. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

DEADLINE: Monday, April 1.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter online.


One junior high student (grades 6-8) and one senior high student (grades 9-12) will win:

  • a trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and
  • an iPad to blog about their experience.

The senior division winner will also be offered a paid internship opportunity with the Minnesota Historical Society, worth up to $1,000.

Five students from each age division will be recognized as finalists and receive a one-year membership to the Minnesota Historical Society.

This prize is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Civil War Task Force.

WINNERS: Winners will be announced on May 4, 2013 at the "Minnesota and the Civil War" family day at the Minnesota History Center.


In his Gettysburg Address, delivered at the November 1863 dedication of the cemetery at the battlefield, Pres. Abraham Lincoln framed the battle, where Minnesota troops suffered heavy losses, in terms of a test of the proposition that all men are created equal. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought just a few months earlier, had proved to be a turning point in the Civil War. Historians now see the President’s address as a turning point in American history.

Now, 150 years later, the Minnesota Historical Society invites students to
write their own replies to the immortal speech. Has our nation, conceived in
liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, long
endured after the Civil War? Do we remain a government of the people, by
the people, for the people? Student essays, like Lincoln’s eloquent address,
must argue their points in approximately ten sentences (no more than 300

For more information visit the complete rules online.