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The Gaspee Days Committee is pleased to announce
the 2004 Gaspee
Days Poster Contest. This contest is designed to raise awareness and interest
in the rich and complex history of the burning of the hated British revenue
schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots in 1772. This
has been recognized as the first use of deadly force by American colonists
against the rule of the British Empire. This incident was also the cause
for the re-establishment of the Committees of Correspondence within the
thirteen colonies to share information, leading eventually to the American
The Gaspee Days Committee has been celebrating
First Blow for Freedom'®
for the past 39 years
with our annual Gaspee Days Parade and other events. We desire to
encourage the development of further understanding of the Gaspee Affair
by now sponsoring the Gaspee Days Poster Contest for high school students.
Facts, Rules, and Submission Guidelines
For questions please contact Erin Flynn, Gaspee Days
Committee by e-mail at email@example.com
The Gaspee Days Committee is the sponsor, administrator,
and judge for the contest.
All entries must be submitted to the Gaspee Days
Committee by April 25, 2003.
Only one entry is allowed per student.
The contest is restricted to high school students.
All posters must make reference to the upcoming Gaspee
Days, May-June 2004,
or to the Gaspee Days Parade, Saturday, June 12,
The studentís name, high school, home address and
and teacher's name must appear on the back of the submitted poster
There will be one first place winner of $100, one
second place winner of $75, and one third place winner of $50.Winners will
be notified in writing in May 2004.
The first place winning poster will be published
on the website of the Gaspee Days Committee at its Gaspee Virtual Archives
site <www.gaspee.org> In entering the Gaspee
Days Poster Contest, permission by the author and his/her parent(s) is
specifically granted for this web publishing.
Essays are judged for artistic ability and historical
accuracy. Great attention will be placed on unique angles and novel ideas
in presenting the Gaspee Affair.
Plagiarism will not be acceptable. All judges
are knowledgeable about both the presently available artwork presenting
Gaspee Affair and the information sources available on the Internet.
This is not meant to discourage the full use of the Gaspee Virtual Archives
as a source for information in creating the artwork. This website
is publicly available at http://gaspee.org/GaspeeGraphics.htm.
Entries should be submitted by April 25, 2004
Gaspee Days Poster Contest,
c/o Gaspee Days Committee,
PO Box 1772,
Warwick, RI 02888.
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