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Save Texas History Essay Contest


All public, private and homeschooled students of appropriate age for fourth and seventh grades may participate in the Texas General Land Office’s, “Save Texas History” essay contest. Students should address the question, “What history in your community, or in Texas, is worth saving?”

Questions to consider when answering are:

  1. What history is worth saving in your community or in Texas?

  2. What makes history worth saving?

  3. Why is it important to save our history?

  4. How might citizens save their history?

Essays will be evaluated by experienced educators and graded based on 4th and 7th grade skill and knowledge levels.

One grand prize winner from each grade level will receive a complimentary three-day car rental from National Car Rental, as well as several prizes from the San Antonio Tourism Council, including a three-day (two-night stay) in San Antonio, tickets to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns, the San Antonio Zoo and other area attractions, Ten finalists from each grade level will receive Save Texas History backpacks, a certificate of appreciation signed by Land Commissioner George P. Bush and a historic map replica from the General Land Office Archives and Records.

Entries must be received by October 31st and winners will be announced December 1st 2017.




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