If they are not already doing so, genealogy societies — and genealogists — should explore ways to engage young people in family history, but it can be a challenge. At my dinner table, for example, eyes often roll at the mere mention of the word “cousin.”
The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) recently announced two contests created to generate interest in heritage about the province’s young people, and these contests can serve as inspiration for genealogy societies, parents, and grandparents to develop their own ideas.
Heritage Essay Contest — Grades 4, 5 and 6
In its Heritage Essay Contest, QAHN offers students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 prizes for the best true stories about remarkable people, events and traditions from Quebec’s past. The assignment: write an original brief story in English about one of the following topics: a man or woman from history who was important to the local community; a significant historical event that took place in the community; or a special festival or tradition that takes place in the community each year. 1st Prize: $175. 2nd Prize: $125. 3rd Prize: $75. All winners will receive certificates. Winning stories will appear in Quebec Heritage News and on QAHN’s website. Contest deadline: April 30, 2014.
Heritage Photo Contest – High school
The third edition of QAHN’s annual Heritage Photo Contest is open to students enrolled in English-language high schools in the province of Quebec. Photos must be of an object, person, place or event of significance to the heritage of the student’s family, school or community. Subjects must be relevant in some way to life in the province of Quebec. 1st Prize: $200. 2nd Prize: $150. 3rd Prize: $100. All prize-winners will receive certificates. In addition, all prize-winning photos will be published in Quebec Heritage News and on QAHN’s website. Contest deadline: April 30, 2014.
For full rules about both contests, contact QAHN at 819-564-9595, toll free 877-964-0409, or firstname.lastname@example.org.