We are happy to announce that anonymous donors
are once again making it possible for the Hyde Park Historical
Society to again offer awards to outstanding student historians
Awards of $100 and $50 will be given in Middle School (6th-8th
grades) and High School (9th-12th grades) categories for outstanding
neighborhood history projects done by local students.
Winning projects from both contests will appear in an exhibit
of student work at the Hyde Park Historical Society in the summer
Who is eligible:
Entries will be accepted from students in grades 6 -12 attending
any school, public or private, located in the area of the original
Hyde Park Township: 39th Street to 138th Street, State Street
to Lake Michigan.
Students in grades 6 - 8 will be in the Middle School category;
those in grades 9 - 12 will be in High School.
Note: IT IS OK TO ENTER A PROJECT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY ENTERED
IN THE METRO HISTORY FAIR.
Types of projects:
Projects may be presented as displays, essays or as computer
presentations (see below for ideas).
Choosing a Topic
Any historical study dealing with events, places or people in
the area of the original Hyde Park Township is eligible for entry
in this contest. The following are listed only to give you an
idea of the variety that is possible, not to limit your choice:
Historical Studies of Buildings or Institutions:
The Oak Woods Cemetery
An important building such as the South Shore Country Club, The
Michigan Avenue Garden Apartments, the New Regal Theater, the
South Shore Bank, the DuSable Museum, etc.
A long lasting business such as Harold s Chicken Shack
Buildings designed by important architects like Frank Lloyd Wright
Jackson Park Hospital
The University of Chicago
Etc.Historical Studies of people who lived in the area:
Paul Cornell (the man who founded the Hyde Park Township)
Earl Burress Dickerson
Family Members, Etc.
The World s Columbian Exposition of 1893
-Women in the Columbian Exposition
-Architecture of the Columbian Exposition
-African Americans & the Columbian Exposition
-New Technology of the Columbian Exposition
Black Migration to Hyde Park
Helping build the atomic bomb at the University of Chicago
Neighborhood History Project Rules
All entries must be non-fiction works that develop a theme related
to historical topics in the area of the original Hyde Park Township.
No entry should depend upon solely appearance or technological
deftness, but should have written narrative content to develop
It is perfectly acceptable to submit entries which are also being
used for the History Fair.
All projects should be accompanied by a bibliography.
All text must either be written by the entrant or put in quotation
marks and attributed to its source. Nothing may be copied without
quotation marks and attribution. (Nothing means NOTHING.)
Essays should generally be between 1000 and 3000 words long (about
4 and 12 pages). Longer essays will be accepted, but length will
not by itself contribute to a higher score.
Students in high school will be expected to write longer essays
than those in middle school.
All essays must be typed and double-spaced.
Names of students and schools MUST NOT APPEAR IN THE BODY OF
THE ESSAY but should be written on a cover sheet. (Essays will
be given numbers by Hyde Park Historical Society staff so that
they can be judged anonymously.)Displays:
Displays must be FREE STANDING and no larger than a normal card
They must be accompanied by summary statements and bibliographies.
Text on the display must be used to develop a theme which is
illustrated by pictures, graphs, etc.
Text is an important part of the display.
Names of students and schools MUST NOT APPEAR EXCEPT ON THE COVER
SHEET. The cover/application sheet should be taped to the back
of the entry.
Note: Displays will be judged with no students present. The displays
must speak for themselves.
Computer presentations may be created with Power Point or HTML.
If some other system is used, students have the responsibility
of providing the program needed to view their entry.
Computer presentations must be submitted on CD.
Names of entrants or their schools should not be shown in the
presentation but should be in a text file provided separately
on the same CD.
The last frame of any computer presentation should contain a
bibliography related to the work.
Computer presentations should use text, pictures and graphics
to develop a historical theme and should not overemphasize appearance
or technical expertise.
Note: Computer presentations will be judged no students present.
The presentations must speak for themselves.
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How to Enter:
To be eligible for this fair, projects must include the following:
*Summary statement of the project
Where to enter:
Essays and CD s may be mailed, with a cover/application
sheet, to The Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake
Park, Chicago, IL 60637.
NOTE DEADLINE EXTENSION:
Displays should be brought to The Hyde Park Historical Society,
5529 S. Lake Park on Saturday or Sunday, May 28th or 29th, between
2:00 and 4:00 p.m., or, by special arrangement, at an earlier
date. Special arrangement can be made by calling 773-771-1922.
Late entries cannot be considered.For more information about
the neighborhood history fair, please email Education Committee
Member Priya Shimpi at email@example.com, or call her at 773-771-1922.
For further information on the Hyde Park Historical Society,
please see: http://www.hydeparkhistory.org.
sheet on the next page
download a pdf. document of the application