Historical essay contest launches, open to elementary schoolers

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are accepting entries for the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest from local students in grades 3-6.

This year’s theme is “Peek into Your Past.”

Contest organizers offer a writing prompt: “Talk with your family about some of the photographs you have in your home. Ask about the various stories that are behind these photographs. Begin your essay by telling us about this person or persons and their relationship to you. Write about the story or stories you learned when choosing this photograph. Tell us why this photo is important to your family history.” 

Essays should be no longer than 300 words and are due to students’ teachers by March 6. Students should attach a copy of the photograph when submitting their essays.

Prizes are $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third. Three winners will be chosen per grade level.

An ice cream social is scheduled 6 p.m. May 12 on the History Museum patio at 51. S. San Antonio Road for all essay writers.

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