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Sheldon Peck Art & Essay Contest

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Sheldon Peck Art & Essay Contest


Students in any grade in a Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Addison, Elmhurst or Villa Park elementary, middle or high school are invited to enter the 2022 Lombard Historical Society (LHS) Sheldon Peck Art & Essay Contest. As their submission, contestants will have the option of creating an original journal entry or work of art inspired by the work or life of Sheldon Peck. This local history project is sponsored by the Lombard Historical Society and BLAC (Building Love Amongst Cultures) of Lombard. All entries must be received by the Lombard Historical Society Education & Collections Manager [] by 11:59 PM on February 28, 2022. All submissions, including artwork must be photographed, scanned and emailed. Find full details and instructions here. For more information about this event or the Lombard Historical Society, please visit, email, or phone 630.629.1885.

Students may choose to write an essay in the form of a journal entry, or create a work of art in any medium,  inspired by Sheldon Peck, as their submission. Copies of original source material and documents will be available here so that students can learn about Sheldon Peck and his work as an itinerant folk artist, radical abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad. Students will also be able to read Frank Peck’s (The Sheldon and Harriet’s youngest son) original journal entries that provide details about Freedom Seekers staying with the Peck family. It is also recommended that students visit the Sheldon Peck Homestead, the Lombard Historical Society website and Facebook page for more information, and inspiration, about Sheldon Peck.

The Sheldon Peck Art & Essay Contest is open to all students enrolled in any Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Addison, Elmhurst or Villa Park private or public elementary school with a school address in Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Addison or Villa Park. Home-school students, who have a Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Addison, Elmhurst or Villa Park mailing address, may also enter the contest.

A virtual awards ceremony for the winners and their families will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2022. The ceremony will also be live streamed on Facebook and recorded and available on the LHS website for viewing later. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

Ms. Kaveria Lezza of BLAC will be joining Lombard Historical Society committee members as judges of the student entries in all categories. Decisions of the judges will be final.

About BLAC
The mission at BLAC is to serve and unify not only the people of the African diaspora but also different cultures the community possess by addressing the needs of awareness for diversity. We seek to identify relevant issues and initiate appropriate action in order to reduce or eliminate any impediments believed to be averse to people and their continued well-being. For more information on Building Love Amongst Cultures, community blogs, and information on memberships, visit

About the Lombard Historical Society
The Lombard Historical Society celebrates Lombard’s heritage by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Lombard and operates the Victorian Cottage Museum, the Carriage House and the Society’s Archives at 23 W. Maple Street, and the Sheldon Peck Homestead (a National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site) at 355 E. Parkside Avenue in Lombard. Both the Carriage House and Peck Homestead host activities and groups and are open for tours. The Victorian Cottage is open for tours on Saturdays only by reservation. For more information about membership and volunteer and donor opportunities, please visit ,email or phone 630.629.1885.

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