Local Historical Society Essay Paper

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  • 1964 Freedom Summer Project

    Browse or search over 30,000 original documents from Freedom Summer, an effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system

  • American Journeys

    digital library and learning center containing eyewitness accounts of early American exploration and settlement.

  • Eugene Walter Leach Collection

    This digital collection contains the papers of Walter Eugene Leach (1857-1983), a Racine, Wisconsin, historian and curator of the Racine County Museum.

  • GI Press Collection

    When completed in 2017, this collection will contain page images and searchable text of 2,400 periodicals and other items such as pamphlets and posters created by or for U.S. military personnel during the Vietnam War era.

  • Henry and Elizabeth Baird Collection

    The papers of Elizabeth and Henry Baird from 1798 to 1937, prominent 19th-century Wisconsin settlers.

  • Increase A. Lapham Papers

    Lapham (1811-1875) was a biologist, archaeologist, engineer, and map-maker who helped found several major state institutions and the National Weather Service.

  • Lizzie Black Kander Papers

    View the papers of Kander (1858-1940), sometimes called "The Jane Addams of Milwaukee," including reports, correspondence, brochures, clippings, minutes of meetings, photographs and materials related to "The Settlement Cookbook".

  • Local and County Histories

    Detailed accounts of individual cities, townships, villages, prominent residents from 1850-1920.

  • Maps and Atlases

    More than 25,000 maps and atlases. Many focus on Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and North America. Most predate 1900.

  • McCormick - International Harvester Collection

    Original documents and publications about the history of Cyrus Hall McCormick and the International Harvester Company.

  • Menu Collection

    The Wisconsin Historical Society's ephemera holdings include a wide range of menus (mid-1800s to the present day) from restaurants and hotels; schools; specialized organizations and societies; private homes; and menus for special occasions such as commemorative and farewell dinners; trade conferences; political events; and meals offered during transit, such as passenger ships and trains.

  • Museum Collections

    The Wisconsin Historical Museum contains over 110,000 historical objects and nearly 400,000 archaeological artifacts documenting the history of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the present. Browse selected subjects from the Wisconsin Historical Museum collections.

  • National Register and State Register of Historic Places

    Both registers include buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that are designated as significant in national, state or local history. More than 2,300 listings are searchable on our website. Each listing has a digital record providing basic information about the property.

  • Oral Histories: Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust

    Hear the stories of 22 Holocaust Survivors and two American witnesses interviewed between 1974 and 1981.

  • Senator William Proxmire Collection

    Explore more than 7,500 pages of articles, press releases, and photos, plus 40 oral history interviews.

  • Turning Points in Wisconsin History

    Articles, images, books, manuscripts, and other eyewitness accounts of key historical events of Wisconsin's history. Includes essays, lesson plans and reference tools for teachers.

  • Vel Phillips Papers

    The Vel Phillips papers, 1951-2009, document the life and career of Milwaukee’s Vel Phillips, whose work as a lawyer, city alder, civil rights leader, judge, and Secretary of State profoundly influenced Wisconsin’s civil rights history throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

  • Visual Materials in Our Collections (includes formerly named Wisconsin Historical Images)

    Browse or search over 75,000 digitized photos, drawings, paintings, topical galleries and other materials. Learn how you can access over 3 million images in our physical collections.

  • Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory Collection (AHI)

    Provides details on more than 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects that reflect Wisconsin's distinct cultural landscape. Each property has a digital record providing basic information about the property. Most include exterior images.

  • Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database

    Contains examples of furniture, ceramics, textiles, and other 19th and early 20th century material culture artifacts from museum and historic site collections across Wisconsin.

  • Wisconsin Historical Collections 1855- 1915

    Thousands of pioneer memoirs, archival records, original journals, explorers' narratives, interviews, and other eyewitness accounts of Wisconsin's past.

  • Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives

    Online archive of selected websites of state agencies, local governments, political campaigns for gubernatorial or U.S. Senate races, topical issues and online publications.

  • Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles

    16,000 historical and biographical articles that were published between 1860 and 1940 from hundreds of Wisconsin local newspapers.

  • Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives

    More than 2,000 feature articles and essays exactly as they originally appeared in the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

  • Wisconsin Thematic Panels Collection

    Paul Vanderbilt's 96 thematic panels, containing 799 individual photographs, represent the culmination of a half-century of thinking about how pictures work.

  • Wisconsin Sound Archive

    Listen to stories and sounds of Wisconsin's past, including oral histories, radio programs, advertising, political speeches, and more.

  • Wisconsin Women's History

    The Wisconsin Women's History digital collection shares a selection of manuscripts and ephemera documenting the lives of women in Wisconsin.

  • Wisconsin in the Civil War

    Over 25,000 pages of original documents including soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs; regimental histories and rosters; photographs, maps, biographies and battle summaries.

  • The Education Committee is proud to host the annual Clarence Young Essay Contest for local college students.  The purpose of the essay contest is to promote original research and writing on the local history of Genesee County, Michigan.  Possible topics are endless: individual history, politics, community, social, business or architectural, etc.  Writers must, however, use original research while writing on local history.


    To view the Clarence Young Essay Contest Power Point, click here 


    Contest Rules

    • An eligible student is any person enrolled during the current school year in any college or university which has a campus in Genesee County.
    • Essays submitted for consideration must not exceed 30 typed pages; are to be based on original research; are to conform to generally accepted standards of historical writing.
    • Entries must be submitted no later than April 20 to the Genesee County Historical Society, 316 Water Street, Flint, Michigan  48503.
    • There will be one prize of $500.00; the judges may at their discretion choose to declare no winner or to split the prize money in case of a tie.  In all cases the decisions of the judges will be considered final.  All entries become the property of the Genesee County Historical Society.  The Society may request that the winner present the paper to the membership.
    • The winner will be invited to attend the annual meeting of the Society in May when the winner will be presented with a check.
    • A complete entry form must accompany all entries.
    • All entries receive a free one (1) year membership in the Genesee County Historical Society

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