THE IRVING BACHELLER
Florida History Prize Contest
Under the Auspices of
FOUNDED IN 1920 BY IRVING BACHELLER
WINTER PARK, FEBRUARY 19, 1937
In order to stimulate greater interest among the high school students of Florida in the study of Florida history, Rollins College conducts annually an essay contest.
Two gold medals, the gift of Irving Bacheller, the distinguished author, are offered as prizes.
SUBJECT: HISTORIC LANDMARKS IN MY COUNTY
1. The contest is open to students of junior and senior years in accredited Florida high schools, both public and private.
2. Essays submitted by each contestant must be upon the subject: HISTORIC LANDMARKS IN MY COUNTY.
3. Essays may not contain more than 800 words, must be typewritten, double-spaced, on one side only of standard sized sheets. Two copies must be submitted.
4. A complete list of the sources from which facts are drawn must be listed at the conclusion of the essay.
5. The number of essays submitted from any one school is not limited.
6. Essays must be signed with a fictitious name, and the name and address of the author must accompany the essay in a sealed envelope.
7. Essays must be forwarded to A. J. HANNA, ROLLINS COLLEGE, WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, not later than January 15, 1937.
8. A statement from the principal of the school, certifying the good character and satisfactory scholastic standing of the contestant, must accompany each essay.
9. The decision of the judges will be based upon HISTORICAL ACCURACY, ORIGINALITY, FLUENCY OF EXPRESSION, and NATURAL AND EFFECTIVE DELIVERY.
10. The six best essays will be returned to the successful competitors as soon as possible after January 15. The six contestants who thus qualify for the final contest shall memorize their essays and deliver them from memory without notes at "Gates o' the Isles," Mr. Bacheller's estate in Winter Park, at four o'clock on the afternoon of February 19, 1937.
The student should select a landmark or landmarks whose historic significance can be verified. The discrimination shown in the choice of a subject will form a basis for the judging of the essays. The essayist should present more than a mere narration of dates and events, and should keep in mind the purpose which should be to establish the historic importance of the subject chosen, whether the landmark itself is in existence or had disappeared.
Suggested types of landmarks include: battle sites, block houses, old buildings, camps, old cemeteries, churches, early settlements, excavations, old forts, hammocks, industries, islands, jungles, lakes, lighthouses, missions, monuments, mounds, pirate haunts, plantations, ruins, trails, etc.
The following sources are recommended: public and school libraries; libraries of local and state historical societies; church records; private libraries; reminiscences of pioneers; records in county court houses and town halls; family Bibles and picture albums, the State Library, Tallahassee; General Extension Division of the University of Florida, Gainesville; the private library of Floridiana of Mr. Julien C. Younge, 1924 E. Jackson St., Pensacola; and the Library and Archives of Rollins College.
Special attention should be given to old letters, diaries, journals and early newspapers.
It is recommended to principals and teachers of history that credit be given students submitting essays in the Irving Bacheller Essay Contest.
Members of the Contest Committee, listed below, may be consulted for additional information:
THE IRVING BACHELLER ESSAY CONTEST COMMITTEE
JOSHUA COFFIN CHASE, President of the Florida Historical Society, Honorary Chairman
A.J. HANNA, Chairman Rollins College, Winter Park
WATT MARCHMAN, Secretary Rollins College, Winter Park
R. W. BLACKLOCK, Gainesville
CARL BOHNENBERGER, Public Library, Jacksonville
MISS OLIVE BRUMBAUGH, Public Library, Orlando
R. M. BURT, 57 N. W. 47th St., Miami
H. J. CHAFFER, 212 Grace St., Orlando
MRS. GEORGE EMMANUEL, Tarpon Springs
MRS. F. L. EZELL, Leesburg
MISS LOUISE E. GAMSBY, Public Library, Ocala
GEORGE C. GIBBS, 2717 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville
R. L. GOULDING, High School, Ft. Lauderdale
MRS. WILLIAM L. GOETHE, 1616 W. Court St., Gainesville
JOHN C. GIFFORD, University of Miami, Coral Gables
MISS CLARA M. JACKSON, 4414 Nebraska Ave., Tampa
MRS. FRANK E. JENNINGS, 2503 Oak St., Jacksonville
MISS NATALIE LAMB, Seabreeze High School, Daytona Beach
RODMAN LEHMAN, High School, Winter Park
KARL LEHMANN, Tavares
PHILIP S. MAY, 1530 Lynch Bldg., Jacksonville
MRS. T. M. McDUFFEE, Manatee
MRS. RUBY A. MYERS, Cocoa
MRS. ROY V. OTT, Ocala
MRS. FRED LEWIS PATTEE, Coronado Beach
MRS. ROSE MILLS POWERS, Winter Park
ADALBERTO RAMIREZ, 1116 Ninth Ave., Tampa
MRS. H. L. RICHMOND, Windsor Hotel, Jacksonville
ROBERT A. ROBERTSON, 130 Hillcrest Ave., Orlando
RT. REV. ABBOT F. SADLIER, O.S.B., D.D, St. Leo
RHEA M. SMITH, Rollins College, Winter Park
MRS. M. L. STANLEY, Daytona Beach
JOHN B. STETSON, Jr., Stetson University, Deland
T. DEWITT TAYLOR, Oak Hill
MRS. CHARLES WATSON TEN EICK, Hollywood
RT. REV. NATHANIEL S. THOMAS, Palm Beach
J. C. YONGE, 1924 E. Jackson St., Pensacola
W. F. YUST, Rollins College Library, Winter Park
State Library of Florida: Florida Collection, BR0139
Flier describing rules and procedures for the Irving Bacheller Florida History Prize Contest, held under the auspices of Rollins College. The contest was founded in 1920 by Irving Bacheller to "stimulate greater interest among the high school students of Florida in the study of Florida history." The flier explained the requirements for entries, as well as a description of the sources to be used and the theme. This year's theme was "Historic Landmarks in My County." The flier also lists the members of the contest committee. Joshua Coffin Chase, president of the Florida Historical Society, was the honorary chairman.