J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Smithsonian Focus Seeks Inspiring Americans

Vanessa Harbin, editor of Smithsonian Focus, has emailed me an alert about its “Inspiring Americans Contest.” The institution invites legal residents of the United States over the age of eighteen to “Describe for us in an essay using approximately 250 words or less an American individual who inspires you.”

A panel of Smithsonian Institution judges will pick five finalists, whose work will be posted on a webpage where folks can vote for their favorites later this month. The winner will receive a free year of Contributing Membership in the Smithsonian at the Partner Level ($225-$349), including Smithsonian monthly magazine.

The deadline for this contest is noon, Eastern time, on Friday, 15 June—that’s this week!

ADDENDUM: The page for voting on one’s choice of Inspiring American is up now.

1 comment:

slskenyon said...

Always good to see Smithsonian programs like this one. I'd be very curious to see what the finalists wrote.