ELMHURST – The winners of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation's annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest were recently honored at a reception at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.
Of the 379 entries, three winners were chosen and six students received honorable mentions for their drawings depicting Elmhurst history. Winners were chosen by a group of community members, teachers and city employees.
The contest honors Ruth Strand, a long-time director of the Elmhurst Public Library, a member of Elmhurst Historical Commission and an ardent supporter of local history.
Almost every school in Elmhurst participated in the contest. The first place poster of the Elmhurst Art Museum was created by Francesca Miulli from Hawthorne School. Elmhurst Historical Foundation board members presented Francesca with a special certificate.
Jeffrey Mathew, also from Hawthorne, won second place and Amyah Thomas, from Lincoln, won third place. Honorable Mentions included Walter Pasek from Jackson, Cyril Mathews from Conrad Fischer, Benjamin Galarza from Emerson, Taryn Stilson from Jefferson, Reagan Wagner from Field, and Andrea Alcaraz from Edison.
Schools with 10 or more participants received a donation to support their school library.
The posters will be on display at the Elmhurst Historical Museum throughout the summer, and winning entries may be viewed at City Hall this summer. In addition, the winners marched alongside the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade and were recognized at the Elmhurst City Council meeting on June 2.