Historical Essay Contest

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2017 Contest Details

Hey, Emmet County kids: Win $100 by telling us the coolest part of our local history!
Emmet County Historical Essay Contest for elementary students announced

The Emmet County Historical Commission is once again holding its annual Historical Essay Contest, which is open to any third- or fourth-grade student in Emmet County, including home-schooled children.

First-place earns $100, while second-place wins $50. The teacher of the winning student also will receive a $50 stipend to use for classroom supplies.

Here are the rules: Contestants may write about any topic that involves Emmet County history. The essay should be two pages or less, typed double-space. Only one entry per student is allowed. Entries may be submitted individually or through schools or libraries. The student’s name should not be on the essay, only on the entry form.

The entry form should be placed on top of four copies of the essay. Entries must be postmarked by April 21, 2017 and should be sent to:

Emmet County History Contest
c/o Melinda Spencley
711 Plains Road
Brutus, Michigan  49716

Or entries may be mailed to: essay@emmetcounty.org

An advisory committee will judge the entries and determine the winners.

The prize money for this contest is derived from the Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing held at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Schulze was a long-time summer resident of Emmet County. He won such a prize at his Springfield, Ill., high school. After his passing, his family used his memorial funds to establish the creative writing fund some years ago.

“The Emmet County Historical Commission believes strongly in keeping our history alive by encouraging children to learn the stories from our past,” said Melinda Spencley, Emmet County Historical Commission member. “This contest allows kids, their teachers and their families the chance to explore some of the different, most interesting facets of our history. In the past, some students have even taken the time to interview their own grandparents about ‘the way things used to be’ in Emmet County, which have made for some terrific essays.”

A brochure with complete Essay Contest details can be downloaded BY CLICKING HERE. It provides other ideas for essay subjects, as well as all contest rules and the entry form.

If you have questions about the contest, call Emmet County Communications Director Beth Anne Eckerle at (231) 348-1704 or email her at beckerle@emmetcounty.org

 

About the Historical Commission

The Emmet County Historical Commission was established in 2008 by the Board of Commission­ers at the time the county purchased the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, just west of down­town Mackinaw City.

The Commission is responsible for the develop­ment and maintenance of the lighthouse, which is now open to the public, as well as other historical resources within Emmet County. The Commission has focused its efforts as well on education about Emmet County’s rich history. This History Contest is one aspect of that effort.


2016 Historical Essay Contest winners announced!

The winners of the 2016 annual Historical Essay Contest, presented by the Emmet County Historical Commission, have been announced. Both winners are Petoskey Elementary School fourth-graders in the “PALS” enrichment program, under teacher Kathy Slack at Sheridan Elementary School.

First place was awarded to Luke Ingalls, for his essay, “Bay View.” His essay includes a look back at the history of the Petoskey association, how it was formed and how it is used today. Luke won $100 for his winning entry.

Second-place was awarded to Katelyn Knickerbocker for her essay, “McGulpin Point.” Her essay detailed the presence of the French and later the British in the Mackinaw City area, and the arrival of the McGulpins at this Emmet County historic park property. She wins $50 for her second-place essay.

The students’ teacher, Kathy Slack, received a $50 stipend to help with classroom supplies and projects.

Because of the large number of entries this year – 49 – several Honorable Mentions were also awarded. They were given to:

  • Caroline Crenshaw, “The Sturgeon Bay Sawmill,” Pellston Elementary School, teacher Emily Wolford
  • Ava Genschaw, “City Park Grill,” PALS program, teacher Kathy Slack
  • Maggie Peterson, “The Harbor Springs Farmer’s Market,” Central Elementary School, teacher Carla Kanine
  • Slade Buchanan, “Perry Hotel History,” PALS program
  • Brady Olson, “Perry Hotel History,” PALS program

The funds for the essay contest are donated by the Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing held at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Schulze’s widow, Suzanne, served for many years on the Emmet County Historical Commission. Bob Schulze was instrumental in establishing funds that help to encourage area youth to write essays and poetry.

“The judges for this contest truly enjoy reading the students’ submissions, it’s always a pleasure for us,” said Melinda Spencley, who organizes the contest on behalf of the Historical Commission. “These students work very hard and tell us they enjoy learning more about the history of their hometowns and Emmet County through this project.”

The contest is held annually and is typically announced just after the start of the new year. It is open to all third- and fourth-grade students in Emmet County, including homeschooled children. For more information, visit www.emmetcounty.org or call (231) 348-1704.

The winning essays are posted below as PDFs:

Luke Ingalls First Place

Katelyn Knickerbocker Second Place

 

About the Historical Commission

The Emmet County Historical Commission was established in 2008 by the Board of Commission­ers at the time the county purchased the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, just west of down­town Mackinaw City.

The Commission is responsible for the develop­ment and maintenance of the lighthouse, which is now open to the public, as well as other historical resources within Emmet County. The Commission has focused its efforts as well on education about Emmet County’s rich history. This History Contest is one aspect of that effort.

LEARN MORE ABOUT EMMET COUNTY’S UNIQUE HISTORY by requesting a free copy of our historical magazine series, Essence of Emmet! Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are now available. Email beckerle@emmetcounty.org or call (231) 348-1704 to request a copy. Teachers, if you would like copies for your classrooms, please let us know.

 

 

 

 

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