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DAR Announces Topic for Essay Contest

August 21, 2014
Mt Pleasant High School

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the topic for the American History Essay Contest, 2014–2015: “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island”.

The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States. Imagine yourself as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892. How would you describe your experience to your cousin who has never heard of Ellis Island?

All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schoolers, are eligible.

Last year, Carson Joy Miller, Mount Pleasant, placed third among 9,500 entries for her age group from across the entire nation and received a $250 prize.

Locally, the James Harlan Chapter DAR sponsors the essay contest. Contact Cathy Coleman for further details at 319-850-3408.

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