This annual event celebrates youth involvement in the study of local history and features the winners of the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award. The contest and event are in honor of our esteemed citizen and town historian, Nancy Carnegie Merrill, and are generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.
Every winter the Exeter Historical Society invites students in grades 6 to 12 to compete for the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award in honor of our esteemed former curator for her invaluable contributions to the preservation and interpretation of our local history. Students of the Cooperative Middle School, Exeter High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the greater Seacoast area are invited to enter by contacting faculty members in their social studies departments or the historical society directly for further information.
This year, the historical society is holding our annual essay contest with an optional video category, based on our popular and educational Exeter History Minutes. The topic is “Change Comes to Exeter: Immigrants Get the Job Done” and students should choose a topic that relates to an aspect of the immigrant experience in Exeter. Entrants might examine one or more of the following questions: What specific groups came to Exeter? How were they welcomed (or not welcomed) upon their arrival? What kinds of opportunities and experiences did they find when they got here? How did the existing residents react to their new neighbors? How did Exeter change as a result of their arrival? Students should not attempt to write the essay or create the video without receiving the requirements from their school’s faculty members or the staff of the Exeter Historical Society.