illinois war of 1812 bicentennial commission


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Each year, many Illinois schools encourage 7th and 8th grade students to participate in this wonderful project that is completed over the spring semester.  Projects are as unique as the students preparing them:  some write papers, some do video presentations and others do three dimensional displays. 

The first level of competition is at the local school where a student can either participate in a group or as an individual project.  The best of these local school projects are entitled to participate at the regional level, and the best of those are offered the chance to compete at the state level in Springfield. 

If students were offered the opportunity to do their project on a War of 1812 related subject, their projects could also be assimilated into the rotating library displays we are hoping to create throughout the state.  The result would be the creation of better awareness of the War of 1812 for the students, their parents, teachers, and the related historical organizations.

The students? hard work could pay off in numerous ways and the chance for additional exposure of their projects may encourage more students to participate. 

This is a high priority project and we?re hoping someone will step up to volunteer as soon as possible.   


The logo contest is being directed at 6th grade students across the state.  Each selected logo will be used.  Regional Director is coordinating the specifics for the logo contest.  More information will be added here as soon as it is available.  Students are asked to add their name very small and discreetly within the logo.  

Our intent is to go into Illinois grade, middle and high schools and ask students to help us create coloring pages, and slogans to commemorate the  200th anniversary of the War of 1812 for both the State Commission and Regional areas.

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