Native American history and culture essay contest call for entries

In an effort to enhance Maine Native American Studies lessons, the Secretary of State is sponsoring an essay contest in which middle and high school students explore at least one aspect of Maine Native American history.

Authors of selected essays in both the middle school and high school categories and their respective classmates will be guests of the Secretary of State for a day in Augusta where they will visit the Maine State Archives.  Students will view Maine’s original treaties with Native peoples and original field books of the early European explorers, historical documents rarely available for public viewing. In addition, these selected classrooms will receive a free Abbe Museum experience, either at the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor, or an Abbe educator will travel to the winning classroom.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 14 and the announcement of the winners is anticipated on Dec. 19.

For more information including contest rules and a registration form, visit www.maine.gov/sos/kids/nativeamerican/ or contact Nicole Ladner at nicole.ladner@maine.gov or 626-8400.