History Essay Contest

The 2017 History Essay Contest is now open!  The purpose is to promote youth awareness of and interest in history.

First prize $500; Second prize $250; and Third prize $250.

Open to all students in 9th-12th grade–public, private, or home schooled.

Essays may be on any topic and should demonstrate thorough historical research and original thought.  The Heritage Center will open an exhibit in April called Opportunity and Conscience: Mennonite Immigration to Pennsylvania.  We encourage entrants, in that spirit, to choose a topic related to immigration.  For example, “The Challenges of the Eighteenth Century Atlantic Crossing” or even “The Contemporary Implications of the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Inscription.”

Essays must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in May 2017.

The Heritage Center library, archives, and staff are available as a research resource.

For complete contest details, please download:
Contest Rules (PDF)
Entrance Form (Word document–complete the form, save, and attach to email with essay)

Questions may be directed to Steve Diehl, Director of Advancement, at diehls@mhep.org or 215-256-3020 x115.