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Statewide - Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas - Essay Contest - Beech

The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas holds two essay contests each year and presents awards at the annual meeting, this year will be Friday, January 25, 2019, when the organization celebrates its 101st anniversary. The Kansas Historical Foundation assists the organization with the contests.

Olive Ann BeechKansas Factual Story contest

The Olive Ann Beech Kansas Factual Story contest, sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, encourages written preservation of factual, unpublished happenings and anecdotes in the lives of Kansans today and yesterday. The contest is open to everyone. Stories must be true and unpublished, take place in Kansas, and limited to 750 words. One entry per person. Entries must be submitted electronically by email by 5 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2018. The author’s name, mailing address, and phone number must be included on the essay. The Kansas Historical Society may preserve all stories in its collections.

Olive Ann Beech, of Wichita, provided winners with cash awards for over 30 years. Following her death, her daughter, Mary Lynn Oliver, Wichita, has continued this support. The Beech memorial cash awards are: first place, $175; second place, $125; third place, $100; and $50 each for two honorable mentions.

Find more about the Mamie Boyd essay contest.

Submit entries for both contests to: Cindy Stillings, Kansas Historical Foundation, cindy.stillings@ks.gov. Include "Beech Essay Contest" in the subject line of the email.