The Wayne County Historical Society is accepting submissions for the Marshall Papers, an essay contest for 11th- and 12th-grade students that deal with Wayne County history through March 31.
The paper was rebooted because of a grant from the Marshall Family Foundation.
The Augustus L. and Jennie D. Hoffman Foundation Scholarship Essay program was established in 1954 to encourage the study of local history and to provide scholarships for students in Wayne County schools. Students were required to submit an original research paper of a minimum of 2,000 words dealing with some aspect of Wayne County history or civic affairs.
During the 50 years the essay contest was offered, there were over 600 Hoffman essays written on various aspects of Wayne County history or civic affairs. A complete set of these essays are available in the Office of the County Historian, 9 Pearl St., Lyons; Newark Public Library, 121 High St.; and Sodus Community Library, 17 Maple Ave. These essays are used constantly for research and education. The foundation suspended the essay contest in 2004.
The Marshall Family Foundation has given a grant to the Wayne County HIstorical Society for the purpose of reinitializing this educational endeavor.
“I feel that since the Marshall Family Foundation is instigating this wonderful opportunity, I have decided to call this essay competition the Marshall Papers,” said Larry Ann Evans, director of the Museum of Wayne County History. “This is an incredible opportunity for students and teachers to bring back some local history studies into their classrooms.”
The top three papers will receive monetary prizes and an award certificate; first place will receive $1,500, second place $700 and third place $300. There is a $1,000 classroom prize for the first place school’s history department or teacher.
All current Wayne County 11th- and 12th-graders are eligible to submit an essay to the Marshall Papers. The submission deadline is March 31, and the winners will be announced April 21.
The museum is located at 21 Butternut St., Lyons.
For information, call 315-946-4943 or visit waynehistory.org/Education.