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Forbes House Museum Announces Winners of the 2016 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest


The Forbes House Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest. Continuing the tradition started by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924, the Forbes House Museum invites students in grades K-8 to participate in the contest, which provides youth an opportunity to express their creativity while cultivating an appreciation of President Lincoln’s life and legacy. The contest is a highly anticipated signature event for the museum, which has received thousands of entries from area students since the re-launch of the annual program.

Enthuses Milton Public School Superintendent Mary Gormley, “The impact that this contest and the Forbes House have had on our students has been powerful in many ways. The students are given the opportunity to feel connected to the historical significance of our community, understand the relevance of Lincoln and his presidency and also display their understanding of these complex issues through both writing and art.”

The essays and drawings were judged by a member review committee comprised of members of the FHM Board of Trustees and Lincoln Committee, along with local educators and Civil War experts. The committee members are: Jeffrey Bernier, Rich Elam, Mary Ellen Geary, Denise Gilardone, Susan Lachevre, Anne Malone, Kenny Richardson, Harry Robinson, Joann Sacco, Pat Suhrcke and Mary Wendell.

An awards ceremony to recognize the contest winners will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Milton Public Library in the Keys Room. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP at 617.696.1815 or by Friday, April 8, 2016 to confirm attendance for the winning student and her/his family.

The winners are as follows:

Lincoln Drawing Contest:

First Place: Hannah Mattirello, Cunningham School
Second Place: Ella Bowden, Cunningham School
Third Place: Siofra Faherty, Cunningham School

Grade One:
First Place: Bosa Mwosa, Cunningham School
Second Place: Lila Asanza, Cunningham School
Third Place: Esme Neugebauer, Collicot School

Grade Two:
First Place: Reagan Vaughan, Collicot School
Second Place: Taya Miller, Cunningham School
Third Place: Mary Lovett, Cunningham School

Grade Three:
First Place: Sydney Wilmot, Collicot School
Second Place: Sophia McFadden, Cunningham School
Third Place: Maggie Mullen, Collicot School

Grade Four:
First Place: Lucy Asanza, Cunningham School
Second Place: Tanner Sutherland, Glover School
Third Place: Grace Analetto, Cunningham School

Grade Five:
First Place: Ana Fonseca, St. Mary of the Hills School
Second Place: Julian Seale, St. Mary of the Hills School
Third Place: Katie O’Toole, Cunningham School

Lincoln Essay Contest:

Grade Six:
First Place: Alison Blake. Milton Academy
Second Place: Justin Pham, St. Agatha School
Third Place: Maggie Smith, St. Agatha School

Grade Seven:
First Place: Samantha Ford, St. Agatha School
Second Place: Samiran Moody, St. Agatha School
Third Place: Caroline Egan, St. Agatha School

Grade Eight:
First Place: Margaret Farrell, St. Agatha School
Second Place: Eimear McGowan, St. Agatha School
Third Place: Jacqueline White, St. Agatha School

For more details about the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest, click here.

Forbes House Museum Embarks on Porch Restoration Project

The Forbes House Museum has achieved an important milestone in restoring its north and south porches with the selection of BMR Contracting of Needham as the project contractor.

“This project will restore two of the most distinctive architectural features of this marvelous building—the north entry porch and the elaborate, hexagonal south porch, which incorporates Chinese glazed ceramic blocks into its second floor balustrade,” said Jeffrey Gonyeau of Gonyeau Preservation Services. “In addition to this critical preservation work, it will also ensure continued safe ingress and egress at the museum.”

The construction project will include restoring the columns on the museum's porches.

The construction project will include restoring the columns on the museum’s porches.

The museum published invitations to bid and contacted contractors in mid-December. The project team, led by Gonyeau, met with prospective bidders in late December to tour the site and review the scope of work. In January, the team and the museum’s Administration Committee met to discuss the bids and selected BMR Contracting after reviewing references. Museum Trustees voted to approve the contract with BMR in early February.

Private donations and a grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission are funding the restoration project at the historic home. “This work is part of a longer, more extensive, and more expensive restoration project to come in the next few years. We are grateful for generous beginnings. These contributions recognize what a rare treasure Milton has in the Forbes House Museum,” said Anne Malone, chair of the museum trustees.

“Given the building’s high architectural significance, we are very fortunate to have assembled a great project team to oversee the work,” Gonyeau added. Beginning in early March, the team will coordinate with BMR to complete preliminary interior work in order to start exterior construction as soon as the weather permits. Work is scheduled to be completed by early June.

Built in 1833 as the home of Margaret Perkins Forbes and her family, the Forbes House Museum includes Chinese export art, Civil War artifacts and Lincoln memorabilia among its collections. The Greek Revival home on Adams Street is a National Historic Landmark.

During the restoration effort, the museum may need to adjust its house tour schedule because of the possible relocation or storage of various collection items. For more information, please consult the museum’s website,