For those schools that already participate in the History Fair process, we want to announce that the Ravenswood/ Lake View Historical Association is providing two $150 prizes for high school students for the best exhibit, documentary, paper, or performance on the history of Lake View or Ravenswood. We will offer six $50 prizes for the best elementary school projects.
For those schools that are not school participants in the Chicago Metro History Fair, we will provide three $#35 scholarships for Independent Scholars (or history club) projects for high school students and seven for elementary and junior high school students. The intent form for “independent scholars” from the CMHE web site must be returned to the Chicago Metro History Education Center no later than April 4th for high school students and March 7th for elementary and junior high school students. RLVHA will pay the fee for the first students who contact us before the deadlines. Students who participate are also eligible for all the other prizes which the Chicago Metro History Education Center offers for categories other than community history.
Our desire is to promote student interest in history and, specifically, interest in their own communities. We hope to increase the number of students participating in the Chicago Metro History Fairs from our communities.
In addition to the annual Chicago Metro History award ceremony, RLVHA will hold its own award ceremony at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Public Library this spring.
To aid students in studying our communities there is an extensive history collection of documents, maps, books, and photographs of both communities at the Sulzer Regional Public Library which can be used by students by appointment.
The theme of this year’s history fair is “Turning Points in History.” Sample topics on which students may do exhibits or papers include:
- The founding of Lake View and Ravenswood
- Abraham Lincoln’s connection with Ravenswood
- Famous people who lived in these communities
- The annexation of these ‘towns’ into Chicago in 1889
- The history of community organizations
- The history of parks like Welles Park and Lincoln Park
- The history of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field
— Dick Simpson, UIC Professor and member of the RLVHA Board of Directors
- Information on the requirements of the History Fair entries in each category: chicagohistoryfair.org.
- Contact the Sulzer Regional Public Library: +1.312.744.7616
- Contact the RLVHA:
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The following awards are available:
- Independent projects are eligible for one $100 award, up from $75
- Elementary projects (Grades K-8) are eligible for six awards of $150 each, up from $75
- Two high school awards (Grades 9-12) of $300 each
- One classroom $300 award is available to the classroom with the most participants
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