The Lycoming County Historical Society has announced the creation of its first annual Student Historian Award. The theme of the contest is, "The Taber, Today and Tomorrow."
This competition invites seniors attending high schools in Lycoming County to visit the society's Thomas T. Taber Museum and submit a three-to five-page essay which describes and interprets an object, artifact or an exhibit displayed at the facility.
"Our goal is to encourage students to contemplate how the past can be such a significant and transformational influence on the present - and on the future," explained John B. Raymond, president of the LCHS board of governors.
A team of judges will determine the winner, and a cash prize of $500 will be awarded.
"We hope that the successful essayist will be honored not only by the Lycoming County Historical Society, but also by their home school district. We welcome as many entries as possible representing every high school in our county," Raymond said.
Essays must be submitted by April 4. A complete description of contest rules has been provided to all high school principals in Lycoming County and is also available at the Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St.
For more information, interested high school seniors can contact the Museum at 570-326-3326, visit the Taber in person or visit at www.tabermuse um.org.