A museum, the community’s keeper of history, often finds itself with a collection of unidentified photographs.  Once cherished and traded among family and friends, they are too dear to discard but also unable to be meaningfully displayed. From the woman with sad eyes whose lifetime is shown in her face, to the young soldier looking for laughs as he attempts to ride a donkey, the names and stories of those pictured will remain an enduring mystery. With your help, our newest exhibition, Secrets, will offer a compelling look into the life of those who are no more.

They say, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”
Do you think you can prove it?

On display at the Historical Center are a portion of our unidentified photos and we invite you to help us reveal their secrets. In 1,000 words or less, create a fictionalized story or biography of those people in the image you select. Submissions are due to the Society by October 24th.  Winners in both youth and adult categories will be announced on November 3rd and prizes awarded. More information on prizes coming soon! See full rules below!

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1. Select one image from those displayed and write a fictional story or biography about the person/people in it.
2. Stories must be 1,000 words or less and must be typed or legibly handwritten.
3. You may submit up to 3 entries.
4. Please include your name, age, contact information, and the number of your chosen photograph with your story.
5. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited.
6. Entries must be turned in to the Historical Society by October 24th for judging.
7. Winners will be announced November 3rd and their stories posted on this blog!
8. Five prizes will be awarded as follows: (More information on prizes coming soon!)
    a.     Grand prize across all ages
    b.    Youth (Ages up to 16)    1st Place
    c.    Youth (Ages up to 16)    Honorable Mention    
    d.    Adult (Ages 17 and Up)    1st Place
    e.    Adult (Ages 17 and Up)     Honorable Mention