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    August 31, 2018
    Portsmouth Historical kicks off 
    Young Writers Contest
    Portsmouth, NH.   Calling all young writers. Portsmouth Historical Society announces a new Young Writers Contest linked to the hugely successful art exhibition now running at Discover Portsmouth. And it begins today.
    “The community has responded so well to the Gertrude Fiske art exhibit that we’ve added a special new program. We want our kids to be a part of that show before it ends,” says Claire Spollen, the society’s Education Coordinator who designed the contest.
     “Our goal is to find new ways to inspire a broader audience to learn something about history, arts or culture in an interesting way,“ she says
    Here’s how it works.
    Attention writers! First, you select one work of art by Gertrude Fiske now on display at Discover Portsmouth. Spend a little time getting to know your favorite work of art, then write a short piece about it--or inspired by it.  You can create a poem or maybe a story. You might come up with a play, a conversation, a newspaper article, or use any writing style you like best. The only rule is-- the writing you enter into the contest should relate in some way to your favorite work by Gertrude Fiske.    
    Submissions will be divided into three age groups --Grades 3 – 5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.  Participants should indicate their grade level for the 2018-2019 school year.  Paper entries may be mailed (see post office address below) or be dropped off at Discover Portsmouth during open hours (9:30am to 5 pm daily) or emailedClaire@portsmouthhistory.org. All entries must be submitted (and postmarked) by midnight on Saturday, September 22.  
    A panel of friendly judges will read and evaluate each entry on its content, creativity, expression, clarity, quality, and connection to the original artwork.  A first prize and honorable mention will be awarded in each division at a ceremony on September 28 at Discover Portsmouth. The exhibition closes on September 30. 
    “I’m excited about engaging all ages, but especially the school-age population,” Claire Spollen adds. “The joy is in inspiring kids to engage with something they don’t immediately understand and then realize-- they know more than they think.”
    Details on the contest can be found at http://portsmouthhistory.org/portsmouth-historical-society-young-writers-contest/  Special thanks to contest sponsors, Flatbreads and Summer Sessions for their participation.
    Submissions may be mailed to:
    Claire Spollen
    Young Writers Contest
    Portsmouth Historical Society
    PO Box 728
    Portsmouth, NH 03802

    About Portsmouth Historical Society Museum Education Programs
    Portsmouth Historical Society provides a variety of educational programs for people of all ages. For adults, the Society offers lecture series, historical walking tours, symposia, and guided lunchtime exhibition tours. Our popular Portsmouth Third Grade History Program runs in partnership with the local public school system and brings advanced knowledge about local and regional history directly into the classroom on a consistent schedule throughout the school year. An important component of this program are supervised visits to both Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House Museum and Garden, where students encounter and engage with art and artifacts from the past and present at first-hand. Other offerings are designed to highlight changing exhibitions and include the Art to Craft children's craft program, story times, and our Sketching in the Gallery programs.  An ornament-decorating event, held in conjunction with the popular Gingerbread House Contest in December, caps off the year.
    About Portsmouth Historical Society
    Portsmouth Historical Society is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates Discover Portsmouth, a facility housing exhibition galleries, a welcome center and museum shop, and the John Paul Jones House Museum and Garden, both in downtown Portsmouth. Both locations are open seasonally, seven days a week.  Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle Street; the John Paul Jones House Museum and Garden is located across the street at 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. For more information, call 603-436-8433 or visitwww.portsmouthhistory.org
    Kathleen Soldati, Executive Director
    (603) 436-8433