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How History Can Pay Off

Working from Prizker Park

Image by biverson via Flickr. South Loop, Pritzker Park

The South Loop Historical Society at East-West University announced its first annual multimedia history competition today.  Prizes include $250 for a four- to 12-minute audio, visual, video, or combined multimedia history presentation focused on the history of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. According to the Society, South Loop is  bounded by Congress Parkway, the Chicago River, the Stevenson Expressway, and Lake Michigan.

Three winners will receive a monetary prize, an award certificate, featured recognition on the South Loop Historical Society website ( www.SouthLoopHistory.org ), and a chance to introduce their entry in a live awards presentation open to the public on Wednesday, April 13 in the East-West University Fourth Floor Auditorium.

You can’t lose because everyone who enters a work that follows the guidelines will receive a free one-year membership in the South Loop Historical Society.

Get working, because these multimedia histories are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17.

The South Loop Historical Society (SLHS) is a nonprofit virtual history museum that exists in digital form only at SouthLoopHistory.org.

The mission of the organization is to connect community residents to the rich and vibrant history of Chicago’s South Loop. They hope to create a framework so area students have an opportunity for scholarship, research, and nonprofit management experience in a virtual setting.

“The South Loop Historical Society is grateful to the E.R. Bauer Foundation for providing this grant to make this innovative multimedia competition possible,” said SLHS Acting Director John C. Thomas. “The South Loop is the Midwestern headquarters for innovative media arts students and professionals from all over the world, and we hope they’ll apply and demonstrate their talents to further illustrate the history of the neighborhood to their neighbors, friends, visitors, and potential employees.”

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