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Lincoln Field Trips

LLL Mural Sample by Artist Jenna Heinle-Jacobson
A professional illustrator, a commissioned artist and a "Battlefield Medicine" trunk from the coast converged on Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex in February 2009. They were key components of Lincoln Life Lessons, a program for people of all ages that commemorated the Lincoln Bicentennial, at 1810 Schafer Street in Bismarck.

Featured historical illustrator Steve Stark of Fargo presented seven performances over three days about the life of Smith Stimmel, a longtime Fargo resident who served as one of Abraham Lincoln's White House bodyguards. Stark, an NDSU theatre department adjunct faculty member and professional performer, is known on the east end of the state as "Mr. History" for his school performances, and his appearances on The History Channel and National Public Radio.



Lincoln Life Lessons Historic Illustrator Steve Stark
"He captivates his audiences by telling history stories while drawing them out with charcoal sticks on giant 20 foot rolls of paper," explains Jennifer Haaland, the coordinator of Lincoln Life Lessons at High Prairie. Stark arrived in Bismarck Sunday for a dress rehearsal with High Prairie's Shade Tree Players, young actors who prepared pantomimes of some scenes Stark illustrated and discussed.


Civil War Battlefield Medicine by Gateway to Science
Following the presentation each day, the 720 field trip students who saw Stark as Stimmel each chose to attend two of five hands-on, small-group, arts and science workshops at High Prairie that all focused on Lincoln as well. One of those workshops, "Mural Making: Images & Ideals of a Colorful Lincoln," was taught by local artist Jenna Heinle-Jacobson. Heinle-Jacobson, a recent Fine Arts graduate of NDSU who in 2006 traveled to Italy to study painting, was commissioned by High Prairie's Theo Art School to create 4 different ‘blank' Lincoln murals for the elementary students to paint.

Another of the workshops, "Battle Medicine," presented by Gateway to Science, utilized a traveling educational trunk from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. Activities highlighted the first level of treatment for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. "Battlefield Medicine" also demonstrated the emergency system of triage by allowing students to analyze Civil War-type injuries and decide the correct priority of treatment. Students examined the medical instruments in use in the 1800s and gained an understanding of the kinds of immediate emergency care that was available to soldiers before they were transported to the general hospitals. Medical innovations that came into existence as a result of the Civil War were also be covered.

The other small group activities that followed the presentation included The Gettysburg Address role-playing by Shade Tree Players, and nineteenth century prairie dance and fiddle music by Suzuki School of Music. Choral music selections of the era by Central Dakota Children's Choir were also heard.


Gettysburg Address Roleplaying by Shade Tree Players
Educators and students used the following information to register:

Elementary Field Trips
February 9-11
Morning & Afternoon sessions
Featuring performances and hand-on workshops
Registration Deadline: December 22, 2008
Field Trip Registration Form
(Mail forms to
High Prairie Arts & Science Complex
1810 Schafer Road, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58501
Attn: Lincoln Field Trip Registration

or fax to 701 258 1975)