Tomorrow’s future workers are today’s middle and high school students and they are missing out on a vital part of their education – the story of labor and how unions have helped to build a nation!
Since its founding in 1981, the Wisconsin Labor History Society has made it a key mission to urge the teaching of workers and labor history in our state schools. This year, as in the past, we are offering great cash prizes to middle and high school students to encourage their study of labor history:
- Labor History Essay Contest for high school students (Grades 9 – 12). Prizes from $500 to $100 go to up to eight students each year for essays of 750 words. (Details for 2017-2018 School Year competition will be announced in September, 2017)
- National History Day for middle and high school students (Grades 6 – 12). A total of $1,000 in prizes go to students throughout the state each year for exhibits of various types that have a labor theme. Read More.
- Zeidler Academic Awards for college students for best papers on Wisconsin labor history by undergraduates ($500) and graduate students ($1,000). See details.
Generous contributions from individuals, local labor unions and area councils make these prizes possible. The contests offer a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends to urge their students to participate and to relate their own histories about worklife to the young people.