The Filson is conducting its first ever essay writing contest, exclusively for regional high school students. The contest is open to all high school students in public, private, alternative, parochial, and home-study programs located in the Louisville Metro area, including Southern Indiana. The topic for this contest is to demonstrate and explain the thought that the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley is essentially equivalent to the history of the United States. The contest encourages high school students to explore significant themes in the history of Kentucky, southern Indiana, and the United States.
Since the colonial era, Kentucky and southern Indiana have contributed to and been influenced by the social, economic, cultural, military, and political changes and events that have shaped the broader history of the United States. To show how the history of Kentucky and southern Indiana is the history of the United States choose one central historical event, movement, or individual in U.S. history and explain how the state and region helped influence and/or was shaped by this event, movement, or individual. You are free to choose any era of U.S. history—from the colonial era to the present —that you find interesting and relevant to the history of Kentucky and southern Indiana. (Please see the Filson webpage for a list of suggested topics.)
The panel of judges will award the best essay the Filson Essay Prize in the amount of $1000. A runner-up will receive a $250 award. In addition, the library of the winner’s school will receive $200. All entries must be received or postmarked by Monday, February 1, 2010. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by March 15, 2010. The prizes will be awarded at the Gertrude Polk Brown lecture in spring 2010.