Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest

Children from grades three through six are invited to participate in the 30th Anniversary 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

2014 Essay Contest

Theme: Los Altos Art Works Enrich Our Lives and Community

The City of Los Altos has often been a place where art is encouraged and displayed.  The Los Altos Arts Commission sponsors a public arts program to increase public awareness of the visual arts.  There are many sculptures and other works of art in downtown Los Altos and in other locations around the community.

Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest Documents​

2014 Essay Prompt
General Instructions MTEC 2014
Rubric for Essay Contest 2014