Kentucky Historical Society
Essay Contest to Honor Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln
FRANKFORT, KY (December 10, 2008)— To commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln’s, the Kentucky Junior Historical Society (KJHS) is partnering with the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to sponsor an essay contest for KJHS members.
The contest will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the sixteenth president’s life, legacy, and many Kentucky connections. Submissions, which cannot exceed six hundred words, will be evaluated using criteria outlined in the Kentucky Writing Scoring Rubric. Entries must be received by January 9, 2009, and should be sent to:
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
Attn: Laura Hiniker
“I’m excited to get our junior historians involved in commemorating the Lincoln Bicentennial. Not only is Lincoln an important figure in Kentucky history, he is someone who still fascinates and inspires people of all ages and walks of life,” said KJHS coordinator Laura Hiniker. “The upcoming year will be one of historic precedent, and it seems an especially important time for students to reflect on Lincoln’s life and lasting impact.”
First-place winners in high school, middle school, and elementary school will be given the opportunity to read their submissions at the forty-seventh annual KJHS Convention in Frankfort and receive prizes of $300, $150, and $50, respectively. Runners-up will receive Lincoln-related books and merchandise. Winners will be announced on February 12, 2009, the two-hundredth birthday of Kentucky’s native son.
KJHS is an outreach program of the Kentucky Historical Society that encourages the youth of Kentucky to appreciate and understand the people, places, and events that have given Kentucky its own unique place in history.
For more information about the contest or to get involved in KJHS, contact Laura Hiniker at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kjhs.ky.gov. To learn more about the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial commemoration, visit www.kylincoln.org or www.history.ky.gov.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site at www.history.ky.gov.