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Thanks to all who participated!
Judges are now reviewing all the entries. Winners will be announced in late May and a special ceremony will be scheduled in Mid - June at the Brick Academy.
To honor the 600-year old white oak tree in Basking Ridge—soon to be taken down—The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH), is sponsoring “Tree-Views writing contest for public and private school students in grades K through 12 in Bernards Township and Bernardsville. The top prize to the High School winner will be a $500 scholarship.
“Tree-Views” encourages students to consider the perspective of the historic white oak as it stood through six centuries of local history. What events might the tree have “seen,” what people might have passed by its branches, what activities might have taken place near the tree? Writing through the “persona” of the tree, students may choose any variety of genres: essay, poem, fictitious news article, short story. Students in grades K-1 may present pictorial “stories” of the tree’s observations.Submissions will be judged by a panel of local educators and members of THSSH Board of Trustees.
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In addition to participation certificates for all students, THSSH will award prizes for winning submissions: $500 for the high school winner, $50 for the middle school winner, gift certificate for one elementary school winner, participation certificate for K-1 entries. Winners will be announced before the Bernards Township Charter Day festivities on May 20, and winners will be invited to read their submissions to an audience on Charter Day.
A great example for inspiration! - C. Brian Karas As an Oak Tree Grows
We're hoping you will write a story about your favorite historic moment
The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017.
5 W's - Rubric
WHERE? Bernards Township & Bernardsville, NJ
Mail submissions are now closed.
Submitted: March 13, 2017
About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)
Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.
The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.
To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.
About The Brick Academy
The Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.
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