Essay Contest

The Historical Museum presents our second annual Essay Contest!

Theme: Revolution, Reaction, Reform in Local History.  One winner from each of the following grade levels (6-8 & 9-12) will receive a $200 prize and a collection of books for their class!

Contest Rules:

  • All Sedgwick County students in grades 6-12 in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible.
  • The entire essay must be the student’s original work
  • Entries must be 300-600 words in length.
  • Any essay with information copied directly from sources without use of quotation marks and cited resource will be disqualified.


  • The essay is to be handwritten in ink, typed, or prepared on a computer word processor, using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point.
  • Please include a Title Page with the following information:
  • Title of the essay, contestant’s full name and age, contestant’s complete mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if available), name of contestant’s school with grade level indicated
  • Essays must have a Bibliography listing all references utilized.  Internet resources, if used, should be cited in similar format, along with the web address used to access the document online.

Contest Parameters:

  • Entries may be turned in at the Historical Museum front desk or mailed to the Historical Museum at the following address:
  • 204 S. Main    Wichita, Kansas    67202
  • Entries must be received by December 21, 2011.  Winners will be notified by February 1, 2012.
  • Essays will be judged on historical accuracey, originality, content, adherence to theme, organization of material, spelling, and grammar.
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