Civil War commemoration panel seeks logo

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State officials have launched a contest to find a logo that they plan to use for commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Minnesotans can submit logo designs through December 30. The state Civil War Commemoration Task Force announce a winner on January 10. During a news conference today, state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said the Civil War was a watershed moment in the nation’s history. Urdahl, who is a co-chair of the task force, said events over the next four years in Minnesota will mark the sesquicentennials of both the Civil War and the Dakota War.

“With education obviously comes knowledge and understanding,” Urdahl said. “And this is something, an event, that needs to be better understood. Not just the Civil War and our involvement in it, but the Dakota War. And I hope that can lead to some reconciliation with the Dakota people as well.”

Gov. Mark Dayton established the Civil War task force back in April to oversee all of the activities related to the 150th anniversary. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is the other co-chair.

Here’s more on the contest:

Logo PDFs should be emailed to civilwartaskforcelogo@mnhs.org. Documents must measure 8.5 inches by 11 inches and be smaller than 10 megabytes in size. The contest is open to all ages, and people can call (651) 259-3130 for more information.

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