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Date(s) - 02/28/2019 - 05/10/2019
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The Arlington Historical Society, in partnership with Cherrydale-Columbia Lodge No. 42, is pleased to announce our 2019 student historical writing contest. The topic for this year’s essay is:

“The Impact of Streams in the Area Currently Known as Arlington.”

The essay should include a description of the streams and their influence and impact on human presence from pre-European times to present day. All Grade 8-12 students in Arlington 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)
  • 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 May 10, 2019, and essays should be submitted by that date to Max Gross ( Essays received after this date will not be considered.

AWARD winners will be notified by May 16, 2019.

  • 1st Place = $1,000.00 and publication of the essay in The Arlington Historical Magazine
    in October 2019
  • 2nd Place = $500
  • 3rd & 4th places = $250 each

One of the missions of the Arlington Historical Society is to encourage research and writing about the history of Arlington County. We hope many of Arlington’s students will participate, and we look forward to reading them!