Monday, June 1, 2009

The Grand Finale to a Wonderful Year!

As the year comes to a close, we have sent out many thank-you cards and letters to all who have helped us throughout the school year. We have made three video interviews with each of us talking about some of the different activities we have done such as our field trips, guest speakers, and our giving back projects.

As we wind down, the majority of the class has graduated, leaving all but three of the students behind. Our class has learned so many great things about America's greatest president. Not only have we learned about Abe, but we have also learned a lot about ourselves. Our Lincoln Seminar has completed many great activities and we hope to be remembered--we would like to thank all who have helped.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Seniors Last Hoo-rah

Wednesday, May 20Th. 11:45 am. A day that will live in all of our hearts, as we say goodbye to 13 seniors. It was not a sad day, although some did get a little emotional. The day was spent eating food which varied from corn bread, green bean casserole (two different varieties), and a sweet potato pie made by our very own Mr. Busse.

During the dinner, we finished watching the movie Glory, the Civil War film highlighting the immense prejudices and heroic story of the 54Th Massachusetts regiment, the first all African American regiment commanded by white officers. Mr.Busse told us this movie is often called the most historically accurate film about the Civil War. Though we never got to finish the movie, we had a great last day filled with great food, great flicks, and great friends.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Indepth Review

This year is heading for its final frontier for the students and teachers in the Lincoln Seminar, but as we have all realized, it is not over yet and to make this clear, the class reviewed trends, politicians, and the many important characters of the 1860's.

One big topic of the day that was mentioned was the Unionist Party and those who were active within this short-lived political party. Also, people listed battles with such forces in our history that we should be ashamed if we were to leave them out. Gettysburg is one of these turning point battles and to accompany that, we featured President Lincoln's great Gettysburg Address

In the end, the class came together to express their opinions on the topics that were noted.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lincoln Re-elected!

This past week, the Lincoln Seminar class made campaign posters, carriage bumper stickers, and banners for either Lincoln or McClellan. In the picture, Diego is hard at work on his patriotic campaign poster for Lincoln. Mr. Busse explained that the 1864 election was the only one ever to be held in a time of war.

In other news, we are wrapping up Abraham Lincoln's life by discussing the assassination. Conspiracy theories have been a hot topic for class.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Galesburg High School Lincoln Seminar students share with Carl Sandburg College students

Active in the education of elementary schools, the Lincoln Seminar reaches out to a higher level of education. The students were asked if it was possible to present our projects to a Adult Education class at Carl Sandburg College. Diego, Brandon, and Taylor stepped up to the offer and succeded in sharing the class's knowledge of Abraham Lincoln.

Diego has a special liking of the Underground Railroad and chose this topic to talk to the students about. He provided information and pictures about it from our own town's perspective. With his immense study of the Emancipation Proclamation, Brandon shared with the class his intuitive knowledge of the document. Taylor explained to the students about the Civil War from the Southern perspective. Each topic was well presented and well received by the students and staff at Carl Sandburg.

These three class members have not only been to Carl Sandburg College but have also visited Churchill Junior High School.