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Bridgehampton Museum Offers $1,000 Scholarship

Students in the greater Bridgehampton area eligible for essay contest.

The Bridgehampton Museum — formerly known as the Bridgehampton Historical Society — is once again offering area high school seniors the chance to get published and win a $1,000 scholarship.

To enter, students living in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack and Hayground are invited to write an essay between 1,000 and 1,500 words that recounts a local memory. The winning submission will be published in the Bridgehampton Museum's annual magazine Bridge Journal this summer and the winner will receive a check.

The essay contest is designed to further the museum's mission "to inspire the documentation, preservation and interpretation of the history, oral history and cultural traditions of Bridgehampton and its surrounding communities."

The memory must be by a resident of Bridgehampton, Hayground or Sagaponack, or take place in the greater Bridgehampton area.

According to the museum, Steven Hatgistavrou won in 2012, the contest's inaugural year, with an essay about Ted Damiecki, a lifelong resident of Bridgehampton, and his recollections of the 1960 World Series. Another entry was based on a Mexican immigrant’s arrival to Bridgehampton and what it was like growing-up in a rich agricultural area, the museum stated.

Entries are due to the museum by March 15, in PDF, Word or hard copy format. For more information on submitting, call 631-537-1088 or email bhhs@optonline.net.

The winner will be selected by April 30.

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