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FTHS Social Studies Teacher Selected as Lincoln Forum Scholarship

Erica Galinski (center) with the two other scholarship recipients and Lincoln Forum administratorsErica Galinski, a Social Studies teacher at Freehold Township High School, was chosen to attend the 28th annual Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as a teacher scholarship recipient. One of three teachers selected from across the nation by a committee of the organization, Ms. Galinski was awarded a full scholarship to attend the three-day event which featured major historians, writers, and lecturers, along with panel discussions, book signings, breakout sessions, and other activities. 

The Lincoln Forum is an assembly of enthusiasts who share a deep interest in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Through a roster of activities which included symposia, tours, student essay competitions, teacher and student scholarships, as well as annual awards to recognize special contributions to the field of Lincoln studies, the Forum endeavors to enhance the understanding and preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln. 

This year’s symposium focused on the theme: “What Price Glory? Emancipation and Gettysburg at 160.” Following the annual Forum, attendees were encouraged to attend the Annual Dedication Day at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, this year marking the 160th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address.  

“The Lincoln Forum Teacher Scholarship recognizes excellence in history education and makes it possible for educators to expand their knowledge base in this field of study,” said Harold Holzer, Chairman of the Forum. “We reward recipients with the opportunity to interface with preeminent Civil War authorities, and in turn provide lecturers with the chance to educate teachers.” 

At its core, the preservation of American history in general, and Lincoln’s in particular, is a paramount object in The Lincoln Forum mission. “We consider it a privilege to support the growth and development of our teacher base, who in turn will be better prepared to inspire the next generation of students with Lincoln’s story.”  

Lincoln Forum Teacher Scholarships are funded by The Lincoln Forum Scholarship Fund.