A statewide history day prompted opportunities at the capital for presentations where student research in local history is showcased.

http://leadershipandsoftskills.com/1200 middle and high school students in Illinois visited the Prairie Capital Convention Center, with the intent to share their research on various topics, both prominent and obscure.

They were competing for prizes at Illinois History Day.  This is a program that is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in cooperation with the Chicago Metro History Education Center.

Inspired by an abandoned Illinois Terminal Railway station some works are built sturdy.

One of the students,  seventh grader Caroline Ahrends presented “How Did the Interurban Change Life in Small Towns,” a project about trains and transportation.

“I read several books, and talked with people who remembered it,” said Ahrends. “I got some pictures online and some from museums.”

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