MANCHESTER >> In the fall of 2015 application packets for the Hildene Lincoln Essay Competition were distributed to teachers of 8th grade English, history, and social studies, and to librarian and homeschool networks statewide. With all materials available on line at, interested students are still able to enter the competition independently as well. Each student's essay and application must arrive by mail or by hand at Hildene on or before President Lincoln's birthday, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2016. Hildene is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

President Lincoln believed slavery was a moral issue and that its eradication would lead America much closer to becoming a more perfect union. With the passage of the 13th amendment, slavery was finally abolished, but racism was not eradicated. In this its 10th year, the Lincoln Essay Competition tackles racism. The students who accept the challenge are required to respond to the following question in an essay of no more than 500 words: Why do you think racism persists in America: what factors contribute to its persistence and how can these factors be addressed in order to move the country toward a more perfect union? Essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Winners will be notified by March 31.


A celebratory luncheon will take place at Hildene on Sunday, May 15. The first, second and third place winners will read their essays and receive their awards: First Place, $1,000; Second Place, $750; Third Place, $500; and up to ten Honorable Mentions of $200 each.

If students have questions or would like to receive a packet by mail, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email This Hildene program is supported by Perfect Wife and Spiral Press Café.