18 December 2008

NYS Quadricentennial Essay Contest

The New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy are pleased to present a New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest for the 2008-2009 school year.

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York States 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay. Students have the opportunity to research early New Yorks Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade.

Libraries will be interested in supporting students' research by gaining knowledge of the topics, collaborating with social studies teachers, displaying reference materials related to the topic, and lending their wealth of research expertise to each child's success.

The deadline for competition submissions is March 1, 2009.

For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on Contests in the left-hand menu. Questions? Please contact the Office of Statewide Programs at 607-547-1534 or statwideprograms@nysha.org.

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