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Exploring poetry through pictures

Vachel Lindsay historic site’s illustration contest offers prizes for children while introducing them to poetry
SPRINGFIELD – Sharpen your pencils, get out your crayons or open a tube of paint. The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site and the Vachel Lindsay Association are sponsoring an illustration contest for Springfield-area children as part of National Poetry Month.
Contestants will be asked to illustrate a poem by Vachel Lindsay. Winners will be chosen based on the originality of their art and how well they interpret the poem.
The contest runs from March 17 to April 18. Winners will receive Barnes & Noble gift certificates and copies of Lindsay’s “The Little Turtle” and the “Yellow Book,” a collection of his poems for children.
The contest will be divided into three age groups, with each group illustrating a different poem:
• Kindergarten through 1st grade (“The Little Turtle”)
• 2nd through 4th grade (“Two Old Crows”)
• 5th through 6th grade (“The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly)
The contest is co-sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association. For complete rules and regulations, email the Vachel Lindsay Association at or visit
The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for free public tours. The home, located at 603 South Fifth Street in Springfield, was built about 1850.  Lindsay, a poet, author and artist, was born there in 1879 and died there in 1931.
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