Saturday, February 5, 2011

5th Annual Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Contest 2011


Every winter the Exeter Historical Society invites students in grades 6 to 12 to compete for the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award in honor of our esteemed former curator for her invaluable contributions to the preservation and interpretation of our local history.

Students at the Cooperative Middle School and Exeter High School, as well as from the greater Seacoast area, are invited to enter by contacting faculty members in their social studies departments or the historical society directly for further information.

This year, the theme is "Exeter at the Time of the Civil War". We ask that in their research papers, the students explore an aspect of life in Exeter at the time of the Civil War, such as life on the homefront, family life, politics, industry, transporation, education, recreation, military life, or fashion, etc.  The papers must be turned in to the student's faculty liaison, to to the Exeter Historical Society by Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

A panel of judges will choose one entry from each division (Middle School and High School) that best meets the criteria of outstanding achievement in format, historical accuracy, originality, and style. A $100 prize will be awarded to each winner. Also, winning papers will be read by the authors at our annual Youth Night awards ceremony on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm. For the fifth consecutive year, Youth Night is sponsored by Seacoast Credit Union.  It is our hope that the Nancy Carnegie Merrill Award will foster an appreciation for our community and an interest in its past.

For additional information, please contact Laura Gowing, Program Manager.  Also, see the Flyer and Cover Sheet for 5th Annual Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award.  (To download the flyer, click the green "Download" button in the right bottom corner, choose "PDF" and save to your computer.)

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