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35th Annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest - Ends March 8

Montclaire students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th have been invited to participate in the Los Altos Historical Commission and Los Altos History Museum - 35th Annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest. If your child is interested in participating, please visit our website for more information. Essays are due by March 8th.

They can be submitted to the school office.

Essay Contest Cover Sheet

Essay's must be submitted to the school office with a cover sheet.  ** Parents must read and sign the parent release on the sheet.
Essays should be no more than 300 words.
Essays are due to your teacher by Friday, March 8, 2019.
**Essays NOT containing this Cover Sheet will NOT be judged.


Essay Topic - "Inspired by Juana!"

The current exhibit at The Los Altos History Museum is “Inspired by Juana: La Dona de la Frontera (the Lady of the Frontier).” This exhibit tells the story of Juana Briones, a dynamic 19th century woman who owned several businesses, many parcels of land, and was a talented businesswoman. She was also a traditional healer and an advocate for the rights of her family and friends in what is now Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, San Jose and San Francisco. The story of Juana Briones is a tale of a resilient spirit, an inventive imagination, and business know-how - the hallmarks for Silicon Valley.

Follow the link for detailed instructions on the writing assignment.