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16th Annual Essay Contest – “Turning Points in History”

The Historical Museum presents our 16th Annual Essay Contest

Sponsored by the DeVore Family Fund.

Based on the 2023-24 National History Day theme: “Turning Points in History”

Two winners, one winner from each of the following grade levels (6-8 & 9-12), will receive a $250 prize and a collection of books for their class!

Contest Rules: 

  • All Sedgwick County students in grades 6-12 in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible.
  • The topic must be focused on Wichita and/or Sedgwick County history.
  • The entire essay must be the student’s original work.
  • Entries must be 300-600 words in length.
  • Any essay with information copied directly from sources without use of quotation marks and cited resource will be disqualified.


  • The essay is to be handwritten in ink, typed, or prepared on a computer word processor, using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point.
  • Please include a Title Page with the following information:
    • Title of the essay
    • Contestant’s full name and age
    • Contestant’s complete mailing address
    • Telephone number
    • Email address (if available)
    • Name of contestant’s school with grade level indicated
  • Essays must have a bibliography listing all references utilized. Internet resources, if used, should be cited in similar format, along with the web address used to access the document online.

Contest Parameters:

  • Entries may be turned in at the Historical Museum front desk or mailed to the Historical Museum at the following address:
    • 204 S. Main Wichita, Kansas 67202
  • Entries must be received by April 15, 2024
  • Essays will be judged on historical accuracy, originality, content, adherence to theme, organization of material, spelling, and grammar.


  • April 15, 2024