Deadline Nears for Hildene Lincoln Essay Competition
Earlier this fall, competition packets for Hildene’s Lincoln Essay Competition were distributed to teachers, librarians and homeschool networks. These materials are also available online and interested students may still enter the competition. Go to hildene.org/schools.html.
Each participating student’s application and essay must arrive by mail or by hand at Hildene on or before President Lincoln’s birthday on Friday, February 12, 2016.
President Abraham Lincoln believed slavery was a moral issue, and that its eradication would lead America much closer to becoming a more
perfect union. With the passage of the 13th amendment, slavery was finally abolished, but racism was not eradicated.
In this, its tenth year, the Lincoln Essay Competition at Hildene continues to tackle the issue of racism. The students who accept the challenge are required to respond to the following questions in an essay of no more than 500 words:
Why do you think racism persistsin America? What factors contribute to its persistence and how can these factors be addressed in order to move the country toward a more perfect union?
The essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Winners will be notified by March 31, 2016. A celebratory luncheon will take place at Hildene on Sunday, May 15, 2016. The first, second and third place winners will read their essays and receive their awards: First Place, $1,000; Second Place, $750; Third Place, $500; and up to ten Honorable Mentions of $200 each.