Students invited to create 1968 oral history projects

OLYMPIA — Students throughout the state in grades 9-12 are invited to enter a statewide oral history competition to complement the new exhibit “1968: The Year that Rocked Washington” by Legacy Washington, a program of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Entries are to consist of a 4-10 page written profile or essay, based on interviews and research, telling the story of a person who experienced the tumult of 1968. Winning works will be published online by the Office of Secretary of State. Legacy Washington invites educators to participate in this special event by sharing it with their classrooms.

The competition opens Jan. 1 and will run until April 30, with finalists invited to a reception in June.

“This competition gives students in our state a wonderful opportunity to participate in telling the story of an immensely significant time in Washington and world history,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.

Legacy Washington’s “1968: The Year that Rocked Washington” homepage features educational resources including Common Core-aligned lesson plans, 16 extended profiles of Washingtonians deeply involved in the year’s historic events, and more details about the oral history competition, including instructions on how to conduct an oral history interview.

Further information on the Legacy Washington project can be found at sos.wa.gov/legacy.