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Lincoln Life Lessons - February 2009

Lincoln Life Lessons arrived at High Prairie in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration, February 9-12, 2009! Offering programs and events for people of all ages, the occasion commemorated the Lincoln Bicentennial at 1810 Schafer Street in Bismarck.

Lincoln Legacy Ice Cream is served!
Over 700 students from Baldwin, Bismarck, Center, Dickinson, Fairfield, Mandan, Naughton and Stanton registered to participate in half-day field trips that included a large group presentation followed by small group hands-on workshops at High Prairie.

Steve Stark presents Lincoln with Shade Tree Players
In the facility's Imagination Theatre, featured historical illustrator Steve Stark of Fargo presented the life of Smith Stimmel, a longtime Fargo resident who served as one of Lincoln's White House bodyguards, while High Prairie's Shade Tree Players enacted the scenes he illustrated and discussed.

Theo artists painting Lincoln murals


Gateway To Science Civil War Medicine
The student-selected small group activities that followed the presentation included The Gettysburg Address role-playing by Shade Tree , exploration of Civil War battlefield medicine by Gateway to Science , nineteenth century prairie dance and fiddle music by Suzuki School , and Lincoln-themed mural painting by Theo Art School . Choral music selections of the era by Central Dakota Children's Choir were also heard.

State Historical Society Communications Director and Education Curator at High Prairie's Lincoln Life Lessons
In the evening, High Prairie presented a free program to the public . Teenage winners of the Lincoln statewide art and writing contests received awards at that time as well. Art and writing entries were on display in the facility's Community Room where the State Historical Society of North Dakota's traveling Lincoln exhibit was also featured. Bicentennial birthday cake and Lincoln Legacy Ice Cream were served at a reception there.

Bel Canto performs Lincoln Music in the Great Hall of North Dakota's State Capitol
High Prairie also participated in public Lincoln events on the State Capitol grounds. Central Dakota Children's Choir will sang at the State Capitol Great Hall on Thursday, February 12. The state winners were presented awards by the Lieutenant Governor that evening at the Heritage Center.

LLL Upper Division finalist
The Lincoln Life Lessons project received support from Bismarck Parks & Recreation District, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota Humanities Council, Dr. Thomas & Katie Hutchens, Starion Financial, BNC National Bank, and many other community partners.