Right to Left: Jacob Weaver and Eric Holscher showcasing their certificates with Bob Church at the Illinois History Expo in Springfield, Ill.


Two seventh-grade students from Palestine, Ill., were recently honored for a presentation on the surveying career of Abraham Lincoln. The students, Eric Holscher and Jacob Weaver, embarked on the project after Holscher visited the National Museum of Surveying in Springfield, Ill., on Lincoln’s birthday in February. Titled “Surveying the Land of Lincoln,” the presentation won the Crawford County History Fair award in March for placing Lincoln’s surveying career in the greater context of the impact on Illinois and American history.

The presentation board made by Eric and Jacob with a Lincoln-era compass and chain from the museum.

The two young men received a superior ribbon from the Student Historian Program Regional Expo and subsequently earned another superior ribbon from the Illinois History Expo. They also received a certificate of excellence from the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The presentation is currently on display at the National Museum of Surveying in the NCEES Educational Theater room. For more information about the museum, visitwww.surveyingmuseum.org.