A new record?
What: The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for tallest and largest Lincoln Log structure by creating a miniature State Capitol out of Lincoln Logs.
When: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St.
Other features: Guests can take their photos in a lumber jack-inspired photo booth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., build their own Lincoln Log structures and enjoy the Children's Museum's latest exhibit featuring retro and vintage toys. Additionally, an Abe Lincoln look-alike will be downtown April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Union Bank & Trust at 13th and O Streets. Lumber jacks will also “infiltrate” the student section at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Spring Game.
To donate Lincoln Logs, drop them off at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, 1135 M St., third floor. For more information, contact Jaime Henning at jaimehenning@LCOC.com.
People may not associate Nebraska's state capital with the toy logs used by children for decades to erect miniature structures and forts.
But the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is making the connection at an April 13 event at the Lincoln Children's Museum. Local architects Daniel Siedhoff, John Badami and Dave Ciavarella of DLR Group in Lincoln will lead five University of Nebraska-Lincoln architectural students in creating a miniature Nebraska State Capitol from Lincoln Logs. The goal is to set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for tallest and biggest Lincoln Log structure.
“What we tried to devise was a simple grid pattern that we could interlace together as the layers go up. In turn, it will be stable,” Siedhoff said. “Instead of a series of separate towers, it's really one interwoven structure of Lincoln Logs.”
Siedhoff, who played with Lincoln Logs in his youth, said the structure will not resemble the State Capitol identically — proportions of the tower and base, for example, may be off — but the goal is to be “pretty close.”
“It is an iconic structure and we want to be able to represent that,” he said.
The team has already built a 7-foot mock-up in the office in preparation for the big day.
The current record for tallest Lincoln Log structure is held by the Community House of Arts in Ottawa, Ill., which built a structure 10 feet, 11 inches tall with 2,995 Lincoln Logs.
Jaime Henning, the chamber's director of events and corporate relations, said the structure cannot be held together by glue or any other kind of stabilizer in order to break the world record.
Henning said there is no formal record for most logs used, but the chamber is aiming for more than 10,000 and has put out a call for log donations. It already has about 7,000 logs, Henning said, which were purchased on eBay and from HobbyTown USA's corporate office in Lincoln.
The public can purchase logs to sign with their name at Union Bank and Trust locations and the Children's Museum for $5, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity.
The event is part of Lincoln's rebranding campaign by local advertising agency Archrival, and aims to promote Lincoln as “a great place to live, work and play.”