Adirondack Journal — Harry G. Remington Adirondack History Writing Competition

The Adirondack Museum encourages young people to learn more about local history. We offer lively hands-on participatory classes for kids of all ages through our museum programs for schools.

We know too that a love of the special place that is the Adirondacks can be nurtured and grown through research in the town library, great photographs at the local historical society, or conversation with older generations about the past.

The museum is pleased to introduce the Harry G. Remington Adirondack History Writing Competition.

The Adirondack History Writing Competition is dedicated to the memory of Harry G. Remington whose love of the Adirondacks ran deep, nurtured by a lifetime of summers spent at his family camp in Franklin County.

Remington's belief that history matters came from his family's own rich history. His grandfather, Ashbel Parmelee Fitch, was born in Mooers, N.Y. and became a prominent lawyer and New York City politician who once was challenged to a duel by an impulsive Theodore Roosevelt.

One of Fitch's grandfathers, Reverend Ashbel Parmelee, was the minister at the First Congregational Church of Malone, N.Y. for thirty-six years, served as a chaplain in the war of 1812 and at Clinton Prison in Dannamora, N.Y. According to local lore, his home was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Fitch's other grandfather, Jabez Fitch Jr., was a licensed physician in Mooers who late in life became a physician at Clinton prison.

Fitch's cousin, Morton Parmelee, was a Franklin County lumberman who became an unlikely public advocate for sustainable forestry and the preservation of Adirondack forests during the 1880s and 1890s.

Open to students in grades 9 — 12 in school districts wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park, the Harry G. Remington Adirondack History Writing Competition offers awards for the three best essays about an historical person, place, document, organization, time period, business, event, or location relating to a community or communities within or bordering the Park.

The first place winner will receive $500, the second place winner $300, and the third place $200.

Essays must be 1500 to 2500 words in length and be the original work of the entrant.

Entries must be received by or on March 1, 2009. The essays will be judged on originality of idea, quality of research, and the use of a variety of resources such as books, maps, publications, documents, photographs, oral history interviews, artifacts, or other historical resources.

A panel consisting of two members of the Adirondack Museum's professional staff and a history teacher from an eligible school will read and judge the essays.

The winners of the essay competition will be announced on June 1, 2009. Awards will be presented at the student's school graduation and at the Adirondack Museum's annual Harold K. Hochschild Award ceremony in August 2009.

An announcement about the writing competition as well as complete guidelines and contact information has been sent to school superintendents, principals, guidance, counselors, and librarians in the fifty-seven high schools that fall within or touch the boundary of the Adirondack Park.

For additional information about the Harry G. Remington Adirondack History Writing Competition, please contact Christine Campeau, School Program Coordinator and Museum Educator at