Event: Highland Park 150 History Prize – Adult Deadline


Highland Park 150 History Prize - Adullt Deadline

The Highland Park Historical Society invites your participation in the

HP150 History Competition,
funded by YEA! Highland Park

I  What is it?

II Who can participate

III  What should I create

IV Entry form



I What is it?

An initiative to contribute to high quality education in Highland Park and environs while stimulating interest in the City’s history and use of archives and historical collections at the Library and beyond. With local history and collections as an educational tool, the Highland Park History Prize aims to encourage original research.

Although this effort is intended to reach all and cover a broad spectrum of local history topics, the prize will encourage new study of historical events, actors and groups in Highland Park previously under documented or studied. Examples may include farming and immigrant populations in the 19th centuries; or 21st century newcomers.

This prize takes its inspiration from the Chicago History Fair and National History Day. Prizes will be given at 3 age levels: primary-middle, high school and adult. The participants current grade will determine level.

Judging will be blind.


II Who can participate?

Anyone!  You can also partner with a friend(s).


III What should I create from my research?

Output may be text, visual, or audio including, but not limited to with the following extent limits:
–a research paper from 750 up to 1500 words
–a poster
–a video presentation, 5-10 minutes
–an oral history

For all submissions (except oral histories) a bibliography must be included. At least one primary source must be consulted in its original form. Born digital objects may be consulted. Any submission without a bibliography will not be judged. Bibliographies must include the name of the source and the repository

Other ideas for entry genre may be submitted to the Archives and Lakefront Committee.

One of the purposes of this prize is to stimulate use of the City’s Historical Collections.

Graphic and text files should be submitted as PDF. Oral histories can be submitted as a StoryCorps link, Wave or MP3. Video presentations should be in the MP4 format. Submissions should be electronic.

Topic suggestions:

Is there a subject that interests you: geography, a person, an event?

*The Chicago History Fair has a developing a topic page that may be helpful

For example:

How did the Ravines and Moraines affect the development of Highland Park?

How did the selection of Jesse Lowe Smith project the development of education in Highland Park?

How did the creation of a Chamber of Commerce influence the development of downtown?

Need ideas?  Ask an archivist or research librarian.

IV Entry form

Do not put your name on the work.  Attach your entry form as a separate file. Please submit all electronic entries  to



Who sponsors this prize?
The prize is sponsored by the Highland Park Historical Society and the HP150 Archives, History and Lakefront Committee, funded by YEA! Highland Park.

Who can participate?
Anyone.  Prizes are categorized by age.

Where should I do my/our research?
There is a wonderful archives and special collection housed at the Highland Park Public Library; but the only restriction is that users visit a repository and use original, primary documents related to Highland Park, Illinois.

Who will be judging?

Community volunteers, supervised by the Archives, History and Lakefront Committee.

How will the submissions be judged?
Equally weighted on content, presentation and analysis.

What are the prize amounts?
$500.00 first prizes l $150.00 runner for each category: Youth (K-8 and high school) and adult.

What is the deadline submission?
Youth (k-8 and High School) : June 1         Adult: November 1

When will the prizes be announced?
July 4, at the Big Bash (Youth); and December on a date to be determined at an exhibit opening at the First Bank of Highland Park.

Please direct any questions to