At times, it can be difficult for young people to connect with history in a meaningful way. The events of years gone by may seem remote and unrelated to their lives. But, it’s important to remember our history and to know where we came from.
The City of Mesa has chosen to celebrate its history and give young people an opportunity to learn about it in a writing and video contest that offers cash prizes.
The Mesa Historic Preservation Board is sponsoring a Historical Writing and Video Contest in two divisions. The first division, which is open to students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, is a writing contest. Students may submit either a fictional story that takes place around a historic event in the city or an oral history of someone they interview.
The second division is open to students in grades six through twelve, is a video contest with the same parameters. The stories and videos must relate to one of the following topics:
- The public life of Pioneer Park prior to 1970
- The public life of downtown Mesa prior to 1970
- Street life and Mesa’s neon signs prior to 1970
Students are welcome to interview a senior citizen over the age of 65 who grew up in Mesa and use their personal experiences (with permission) as part of their entries.
Entries in both divisions must represent the student’s own words, research, and creativity.
As an incentive for students to enter the contest, the Mesa Historic Preservation Board is offering cash prizes to the winners. Here’s how the prizes break down:
- $50 to the prize winner in each category
- $30 to the first runner-up in each category
- $20 to the second runner-up in each category
The top three winners in each category will also be honored in person at a meeting of the Mesa City Council.
The contest to celebrate Mesa’s history began accepting entries on September 17, 2018 and will continue accepting them through November 15, 2018. In order to qualify, the entries must be postmarked no later than November 15th.
The date of the City Council meeting where the winners will be announced is yet to be determined. You can find the complete contest rules, entry form, and updates on the Mesa Historic Preservation Board’s website, here.
About the Mesa Historic Preservation Board
The writing and video contest is only one part of the Mesa Historic Preservation Board’s efforts to increase awareness of Mesa’s unique history. They also take care of historical buildings and monuments, preserve Mesa’s diversity, and work with developers to ensure that new buildings enhance Mesa’s appearance and economic strength without diminishing its history.
Historic preservation efforts also include public education and appreciation of Mesa’s historic past, including its architecture and culture. The Preservation Board works with business owners and residents to instill a sense of civic and neighborhood pride.
The Mesa Historic Preservation Board’s Historic Writing and Video Contest presents Mesa’s students with an opportunity to learn about the city’s history and celebrate their creativity at the same time.
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