‘Oregon History Rocks:’ billboard contest for kids

Why does Oregon’s history rock? From the Oregon Trail to Portlandia, Oregon is full of fascinating, rich, and quirky stories that make up our state’s history. To tell these stories, the Oregon Historical Society and Clear Channel Outdoor are sponsoring the first ever “Oregon History Rocks Billboard Contest,” open to students across the state.

The contest will be divided into three age categories based on age level: Kindergarten to fourth grade, fifth to eight grades, and ninth to 12th grades. A panel of judges from OHS, Clear Channel Outdoor, and local advertising agencies will judge the entries and choose a winner from each category, whose billboard will be printed and displayed in downtown Portland. The official unveiling of the three billboards will be on Oregon Statehood Day, Feb. 14, 2013.

“The Oregon Historical Society is excited to partner with our neighbors at Clear Channel Outdoor to sponsor this fun and historic opportunity for school children throughout Oregon,” says OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “With so many great reasons to love Oregon’s history, it is sure to be a challenge choosing the winning entries!”

Interested students can pick up an entry form at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, downtown Portland), or can print the form online at http://ohs.org/education/billboard-contest. Deadline for submission is Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. All entry forms must be mailed or delivered to Clear Channel Outdoor, 715 NE Everett Street, Portland, 97232, Attn: Oregon History Rocks Billboard Competition. Please visit the OHS website for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.

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Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon’s primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon’s history through a museum, research library, traveling exhibits, school programs and website content.

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