Ruth Strand Poster Contest

2017 Ruth Strand Poster Contest

Calling all Elmhurst second grade historians! The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation and the Elmhurst History Museum once again invite aspiring young historians to participate in the 17th annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest. Children in second grade who attend any Elmhurst elementary school are eligible to submit an entry.

The poster contest recognizes the gifts of Elmhurst resident Ms. Ruth Strand (1904-1999) who was director of the Elmhurst Public Library for 20 years and a founding member of the Elmhurst History Museum. The contest has been held since 2000 to honor Ms. Strand’s valuable contributions to the Elmhurst community, and especially her devotion to children, history, and education. The subject for the poster contest is any aspect of Elmhurst history, and submissions should feature an original drawing by the student with a brief description. Posters must be submitted using the official contest entry form.

Due Date: All entries must be received at the Elmhurst History Museum by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Participation Forms: Poster forms will be distributed to second grade Elmhurst teachers and interested participants may also pick up forms and contest rules at the Elmhurst History Museum or download the form.

Contest winners will receive special prizes, and schools with ten or more participants will receive a $100 donation from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation to their school library. Winners and their families will be honored at a reception in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center on Wednesday, May 24 at 4 p.m. In addition, the contest winners will be invited to march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 and be recognized by the City Council on Monday, June 5. Posters will be displayed at the museum throughout the summer months, and winning entries will be exhibited at Elmhurst City Hall.

More Information:
Download the press release or contact Nancy Himmes at
at 630-833-1457 or email