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Date(s) - 02/01/2018 - 04/15/2018
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Open to all students grades 8 -12 of Arlington County

The Arlington Historical Society, in partnership with Columbia Lodge No.285, is pleased to announce the 2018 student historical writing contest. The topic for this year’s essay is:

“2018 marks the 100th year anniversary of the armistice ending World War One. World War One has been called the “forgotten war” by some historians. Have we forgotten this war in Arlington? Why or why not?”

All students in Arlington from grades 8 – 12 are eligible to participate. Essays will be judged by an Arlington Historical Society committee using the following criteria:

  • Essay should be written in English & run between 1,000-2,000 words.
  • Essay should be cogently written & use accepted English form for an historical essay (e.g. footnotes, bibliography, etc).
  • Essay should clearly address the topic and reflect in-depth research with multiple sources documented. The Center for Local History at Central Library and the Arlington Historical Society website are suggested starting points for this essay topic.
  • Essay may include embedded photos but are not required.
  • Essay must include a cover sheet with the student’s name and essay title.

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2018, and essays should be submitted by that date to Max Gross ( Essays received after this date will not be considered.

Cash Awards for the winning essays will be distributed to winners in June 2018. They include the following:

  • 1st: $1,000 and publication in the Arlington Historical Magazine
  • 2nd: $500
  • 3rd & 4th: $250 each

A key mission of the Arlington Historical Society is to encourage research and writing about the history of Arlington County. Let the historical research, thinking, and writing begin!!!!