Skill level for model-building: MODERATE
Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s sons Edward, William, and Thomas (“Tad”) were born in the house on Eighth Street in Springfield. Sadly Edward also died while the family lived there. The Lincoln’s oldest son Robert, while born at the Globe, also grew up in this house.
The 1858 Senate race and associated debates brought Lincoln national prominence and helped win him the 1860 Republican presidential nomination. After winning the election, the Lincolns left this home on February 11, 1861, for Washington DC. Lincoln never returned to his home. Today it is a fully restored National Historic Site owned and managed by the U.S. National Park Service and is open daily to the public for guided tours.
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Tips for construction of
1) For the most relaxed and enjoyable model building experience be sure to allow enough time. The cutting and assembling takes time and you will find it easier to allow some elements to dry before you glue adjacent items. Teachers may wish to break a class project into smaller multiple-day components.
2) Print the model pages out in color onto cardstock. Normal weight paper will be too flimsy. Larger, more challenging buildings can take many sheets of cardstock. For example, the Gardner Museum takes 10 sheets; Old Main requires 17; while the Old State Capitol requires a substantial 41 sheets (not for the faint-hearted). This model requires 6 sheets. Smaller less complex buildings are better for first-time or younger builders. Of the Build Your Own Lincoln Sites, the Shastid House, the Thomas Lincoln home, and the Berry-Lincoln Store each only require 2 sheets; most of the Build Your Own Main Street buildings take 2-5 sheets of cardstock.
3) Although not required, you may wish to print out a second plain-paper copy as a reference guide. Once you start cutting out your cardstock model pieces you may find it helpful to be able to read all of the notes and arrows on a second, uncut, plain-paper copy.
4) Use sharp scissors or a slim, handled, craft-knife when cutting. When using a craft-knife place some kind of protective layer below your project to protect your table or desk. A metal straight-edge will assist when you cut with a craft-knife. The cork-backed ones are less likely to slip when cutting.
5) Although standard white “school” glues will work, some similar “craft” opaque white glues dry more quickly and with less warping. Clear plastic-model glues, rubber cement, or glue sticks don’t work as well.
6) When gluing, lightly glue the tabs only, not the receiving surface. Be careful not to use too much glue or the paper may warp or pucker.
7) Let the model dry after gluing each piece before attempting the next. You may find that you prefer to space construction out over more than one day.
8) To make the crispest edges, lightly score along the inside of fold lines before folding.
9) Glue the roof on last.
10) Enjoy Building Your Own Illinois historic building and check back again as we may have added more buildings to our series.