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Museum announces student writing competition

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, is pleased to introduce the Harry G. Remington Adirondack History Writing Competition. Open to students in grades 9 - 12 in school districts wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park, the competition offers awards for the three best essays about an historical person, place, document, organization, time period, business, event, or location relating to a community or communities within or bordering the Park. The first place winner will receive $500, the second place winner $300, and the third place $200. Essays must be 1,500 to 2,500 words in length and be the original work of the entrant. Entries must be received by or on March 1, 2009. The essays will be judged on originality of idea, quality of research, and the use of a variety of resources such as books, maps, publications, documents, photographs, oral history interviews, artifacts, or other historical resources. A panel consisting of two members of the Adirondack Museum's professional staff and a history teacher from an eligible school will read and judge the essays. The winners of the essay competition will be announced on June 1, 2009. Awards will be presented at the student's school graduation and at the Adirondack Museum's annual Harold K. Hochschild Award ceremony in August 2009. An announcement about the writing competition as well as complete guidelines and contact information has been sent to school superintendents, principals, guidance, counselors, and librarians in the fifty-seven high schools that fall within or touch the boundary of the Adirondack Park.

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