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Statewide Winners of Lincoln Arts Contests
Public Performances and Celebrations

200th Lincoln Birthday Eve Extravaganza!
February 11, 7-9:00pm at High Prairie

Vision Council Member Dr. Thomas Hutchens, scholarship benefactor

Lincoln Program Coordinator Haaland

High Prairie Vision Council President Martinson
The public was invited to attend High Prairie's free Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Birthday Eve celebration. On that Wednesday evening, teenage winners of the Lincoln statewide art and writing contests were awarded by Vision Council President Jon Martinson.


Historical Illustrator Steve Stark
Featured humanities expert Steve Stark narrated and illustrated Lincoln's life as Shade Tree actors mimed the story.

Steve Stark w/ Shade Tree Actors

Steve Stark w/ miming Shade Tree Players

CDCC's Bel Canto Choir w/ Teri Fay conducting
Central Dakota Children's Choir performed Lincoln Era Music.

Theo Art School's Lincoln Murals
Theo Art School displayed student-created, Lincoln-inspired mural paintings.

Gettysburg Address Role Playing by Shade Tree Players
Shade Tree Players recited The Gettysburg Address, Then & Now.

Shade Tree Actor at Lincoln Life Lessons - Gettysburg Address in different eras

Gateway to Science Education Coordinator presents Civil War Battlefield Medicine
Gateway to Science provided a brief description of Civil War Battlefield Medicine & the Suzuki School provided a demonstration of prairie dance and fiddle music.

Prairie Fiddle Music & Dance by Suzuki School of Music
Later, 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 on display. Guests also enjoyed bicentennial birthday cake and Lincoln Legacy Ice Cream at the reception.


State Winners Commemorative Plaque

Abraham Lincoln Tribute
February 12, all day at the ND State Capitol

The next day, the State Capitol's Memorial Hall was abuzz! Legislators and the public witnessed the construction of a replica life-size homestead constructed of 'logs' that all fourth grade North Dakota students helped create. High Prairie Arts and Science groups provided music and snippets of their Lincoln Life Lessons program from 10am to 2pm. During that time, Bel Canto of Central Dakota Children's Choir sang in the Great Hall at the State Capitol.

Awards Presentation at the Heritage Center
Bicentennial Reception
That evening at the Heritage Center, nationally recognized Lincoln historian and enactor George Frein performed and Lt. Governor Jack Dalrymple awarded Lincoln Life Lessons Art & Writing Contest Winners.


Teen Winners Prize Packages
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.