Press Release from the President

LEXINGTON, KY. — Twenty-nine Fayette County fifth graders competed for $175 in cash prizes Saturday, Feb. 28, in the third annual Lexington History Museum’s Edward T. Houlihan III History Fair. The fair honors the memory of the Museum’s founding president.

Winner of $100 and a First Place ribbon was Harper Dawahare, Clay’s Mill Elementary, for her entry exploring the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Winner of $50 and the Second Place ribbon was Sumaya Shalash, Dixie Elementary, for her history and elements of the United States Constitution. Winner of $25 and the Third Place ribbon was Leander Ridgeway, Northern Elementary, for his recounting of the 1960 Woolworth’s Sit-In in Greensboro, N.C., that sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

Other elementary schools participating were Arlington, Julius Marks, Liberty, Sandersville, Veterans Park, and Yates. Each student received a certificate of participation.

Judging the event under the direction of Debra Watkins, Museum Coordinator, were Natasha Collier, Linda Doerge, Robert Hinkle, Tammi Johnson, and Lindsay Merritt.

Located at 215 W. Main St., The Lexington History Museum is open weekly Friday-Monday, Noon-4 p.m.; open early Saturdays at 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more information call 859-254-0530 or visit

The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky., and the Bluegrass Region.


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