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Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society Sponsors School Essay Contest
On 350th Anniversary of the Founding of Town of Bergen, Follows Tradition of Earlier Events
MARCH 22, 2010 JERSEY CITY, NJ. The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society is sponsoring an essay contest for the public school children of Jersey City to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding on the Town of Bergen, the first permanent European settlement in New Jersey. In cooperation with the Jersey City Board of Education, the Jersey City Free Public Library, and New Jersey City University, the contest continues the tradition of similar events held for the 250th anniversary in 1910 and the 300th anniversary in 1960.
The essay contest will be open to students in grades six through twelve in the nineteen middle schools and six high schools in Jersey City. The theme of the contest will reflect the contribution or impact of a specific event or person on Jersey City's history prior to 1975. Students will carry out their research using the historical resources of the Jersey City Free Public Librarys New Jersey Room Collection as well as New Jersey City Universitys website: Jersey City: Past and Present. A winning essay will be selected from each grade for each school and be submitted for final judging by a panel from the Jersey City Board of Education and the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society. The panel will select a first place winner and runner-up for each grade level. These city-wide first and second place winners will be honored at an award ceremony to be held at the end of the school year and receive a cash prize from the Genealogical Society.
The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society would like to thank the members of the committee that organized and planned the 350th Anniversary essay contest: William Colley, Head of the Social Studies Curriculum, Jersey City Board of Education; Mary Albanese, Head of the Language Arts Curriculum, Jersey City Board of Education; Patrick Shalhoub, Head of Periodicals & U.S. Government Documents at the Guarini Library, New Jersey City University; Carmela Karnoutsos, retired History Professor, New Jersey City University; Cynthia Harris, Manager of the New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Public Library; and Bob Murgittroyd, past president and co-founder of the Hudson County Genealogical Society.
For more information about the essay contest, please contact Bob Murgittroyd at info@HudsonCountyNJGenealogy.org
About the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society
The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society, a 501 (c)(3) New Jersey Non Profit Corporation, was formed in October 2007 to promote the study of genealogy and the history of Hudson County. The goal of the society is to collect, preserve and index this information in cooperation with local libraries and internet resources, to encourage adherence to the highest standards of research and documentation, to offer educational programs such as lectures, seminars and workshops and to promote the observance of Family History month.
For more information visit us online at: http://www.HudsonCountyNJGenealogy.org or email info@HudsonCountyNJGenealogy.org