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Civil War Commemoration Task Force unveils logo contest and more

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
ST. PAUL – The Civil War Commemoration Task Force invites Minnesotans to participate in a logo contest and develop an icon to be used in commemorating the war’s 150th anniversary. The task force has been meeting recently to plan events that share Minnesota’s connection with the Civil War. Logo designs must depict both Minnesota and the Civil War. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Dec. 30. A task force subcommittee will review the submitted logos and announce a winner on Jan. 10. “It will be interesting to see how citizens combine visual elements of Minnesota and the Civil War,” said Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, task force co-chair. “I anticipate people will find creative ways to make that connection and I look forward to reviewing the submissions.” Logo PDFs should be emailed to civilwartaskforcelogo@mnhs.org. Documents must measure 8.5 inches by 11 inches and be smaller than 10 megabytes in size. The contest is open to all ages and people can call (651) 259-3130 for more information. In addition to conducting the logo contest, the task force also is: •Designing a website (address to be determined); •preparing to issue “This Week in the Civil War” press releases; •planning tours of Dakota War sites for next summer; •making links available to schools for Civil War curriculum, as well as other educational opportunities; •encouraging performances of Civil War-era music. “It is my hope that the many events planned by the task force and others commemorating the sacrifices made by Minnesotans to defend the Constitution and preserve the Union will motivate our generation to greater civil engagement,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, task force co-chair. The task force consists of six state officials and up to nine at-large citizens, serving through 2015. -30-
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