Essay Contest

The Texas General Land Office invites all Texas fourth and seventh grade students to participate in our annual Save Texas History Essay Contest. Students must answer this important question: “What history in your community is worth saving?”

That history can be anything — a building, a business, a landmark, a cultural event, a public space — that enhances and enriches community identity.

All public, private, and home-schooled students of appropriate age for the fourth grade or seventh grade are eligible to participate. Essays will be judged on originality of idea, cohesiveness of thought and organization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

All essays with plagiarized content will be disqualified.

Two grand prize winners — one fourth grader and one seventh grader — will each receive a gift card of $500 courtesy of Chris Cantu of Edward Jones Investments.

Four additional finalists in each grade will receive a $100 gift card courtesy of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and Buck Cole. All winners and finalists will receive complimentary items from the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Texas General Land Office.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30, 2020. More information can be found in the contest submission form.

This annual event is a part of the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History™ program, a statewide initiative to rally public support and private funding for the preservation and promotion of more than 35 million historic maps and documents. With the twin goals of preservation and education, the Save Texas History program seeks to conserve these documents for future generations and educate Texans about the rich heritage found in these vital records.