Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the 2018 Save Texas History Essay Contest for 4th and 7th grade students earlier this month. The Save Texas History Essay Contest encourages students to answer an important question: "What history in your community is worth saving?"
In a press release by Bush, he stated that everyone is familiar with iconic historic sites in Texas like the Alamo and San Jacinto, but there are countless locations throughout the state whose meaning and importance are deeply rooted in their local communities. He also noted that local history is a source of pride to many Texas communities, but often remains unknown to many Texans. He went on to say that he looks forward to reading the essays and congratulating the winners.
The winning entries will each receive a cash award of $500 courtesy of Chris Cantu of Edward Jones Investments and Bob Erksine of Just in Time Staffing, both from Round Rock. Grand Prize winners will also receive Texas flags that have flown over the Texas State Capitol. Five additional finalists in each grade will receive $100 courtesy of the Rotary Club of Austin and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and a Texas flag that has flown over the northernmost point of the Republic of Texas (in present-day Wyoming). All winners and finalists will also receive Save Texas History backpacks and a replica of an historic map from the GLO Archives map collection, and a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner Bush.
Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. For more information on the contest, check out our KBest Media Facebook page, or visit savetexashistory.org for details.