Children from grades three through six are invited to participate in the Margaret Thompson Essay contest through their schools. Essays are written covering a specific theme. Each year hundreds of essays are judged by community members. Prizes are awarded by the City Council at an ice-cream social in the garden of the Los Altos History Museum.
Winners at each grade level receive $50 for first place, $30 for second place and $20 for third place. All entrants receive a certificate of participation. In addition to individual prizes, the school with the most winners will be awarded a trophy.
For information on entering the contest, contact your elementary school. Home-schooled children may contact Los Altos School District. To volunteer for judging or preparation of awards contact Historical Commissioner Denise Welsh at (415) 999-0727 or by email at DGW43@yahoo.com.
2015 Essay Contest
Theme: Inventors and risk-Takers Help Make Our Community a Better Place
The Los Altos History Museum’s current exhibit, “Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends,” explores the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveals the inventors and risk-takers behind the changes in our community. Risk-takers are people who take a chance and have perseverance. They often try many times before they are successful. Visitors who enter the exhibit will “meet” several dozen local legends from Hewlett-Packard Co., Adobe Systems, Intel, Google, and Apple. These inventors and risk-takers have had an impact on each of our lives both domestically and globally.
Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest Documents