In the eyes of a second grader, history takes on many interesting colors and nuances that were on full display in the more than 300 entries submitted during the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest.
Sponsored by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, the 2016 Ruth Strand Poster Contest invited second grade students to submit an original drawing depicting 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 mission of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation is to stimulate broad-based support for local history, the Elmhurst History Museum and the Churchville Schoolhouse through advocacy, education, and fundraising.
Ten Elmhurst schools participated in the contest, and members of the community voted to select the winners. The first place poster, created by Beatrice Pollock of Hawthorne Elementary School, was a depiction of the Keebler elf and his hollow tree— reminders of the Keebler Company that was once a thriving business located in Elmhurst.
Following are the winners of the 2016 Ruth Strand Poster Contest (school names in parentheses):
First Place: Beatrice Pollock (Hawthorne)
Second Place: Mason Kotowicz (Lincoln)
Third Place: Delilah Kamins (Conrad Fischer)
Honorable Mentions: Jackson Messina (Jefferson), Samantha Szejner (Emerson), Ryker Harges (Hawthorne), Kennedi Felipe (Conrad Fischer), Samantha Tomlinson (Lincoln), Emily Franchi (Jackson), Daniela Adams (Immanuel Lutheran), Margaret Pas (Edison), Mary Kate Hilgart (Immaculate Conception), and Will Van Meir (Field).
The poster contest winners were honored on May 25th at a reception at the Elmhurst History Museum. Students received gift bags from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, and schools with ten or more participants received a donation to support their school library. The posters will be on display at the Elmhurst History Museum throughout the summer, and winning entries may be viewed at City Hall after June 6. In addition, the winners will march alongside the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation in the Elmhurst Memorial Day parade and the group will be recognized at the Elmhurst City Council meeting on June 6.
The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation congratulates the 2016 Ruth Strand Poster Contest winners and their families, and thanks every participant for sharing their beautiful posters on Elmhurst history with the community.
First Place recipient Beatrice Pollock with EHF Board Membes (l to r) Cathy Siegerdt, Cheryl Kopecky, and Mike LoCicero.