Children have a unique view of local history, and their colorful perspectives on the subject were well-documented in the entries received for the 2019 Ruth Strand Poster Contest.
The annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest, which is sponsored by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation and the Elmhurst History Museum, challenged second grade students to depict and describe a scene from Elmhurst history. The contest honors Ruth Strand, the long-time director of the Elmhurst Public Library and a founding member of what is now the Elmhurst History Museum. The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation presents the contest each year as part of its mission to stimulate broad-based support for local history, the Elmhurst History Museum, and the Churchville Schoolhouse through advocacy, education, and fundraising.
More than 300 students from nine Elmhurst schools participated in the contest, and members of the community voted to select the winners. The first place poster, created by Mia Ofiara of Field Elementary School, was an attractive rendering of the York Theatre complete with dimensional letters and gold decorative touches to echo the art deco style of the theatre’s original marquee. The second place winner Anya Denninger from Lincoln School selected the Elmhurst Quarry as her topic, and third place winner Natalie Wierzbicki of Jackson School drew a picture of the Bicentennial Fountain in downtown Elmhurst. The winning contest posters will be displayed at Elmhurst City Hall on the 2nd floor. The following students received honorable mention recognition for their Ruth Strand poster contest entries: Parker Byford, Jackson; Emma Famarin, Field; Aimee Glorioso, Emerson; Brenner Harges, Hawthorne; Anna Herron, Edison; Lanie Shish, Lincoln; Sam Sianis, Jefferson; Brithney Solis, Fischer.
The poster contest winners were honored on May 22 at a reception at Elmhurst City Hall, and they will be recognized at the June 3rd Elmhurst City Council meeting. Students received gift bags from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, and schools with ten or more participants received a $100 grant to support their school’s library. The winners marched with the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on May 27.
The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation congratulates and thanks all of the 2019 Ruth Strand Poster Contest participants and their teachers and families for sharing their beautiful depictions of Elmhurst history with the community.