Open to students living in the Appoquinimink School District, but students don't have to attend schools in the district

The Middletown Historical Society is sponsoring a scholarship essay program that is available to high school seniors living in the Appoquinimink School District (but may attend schools outside the district). First and second place will be awarded $1,000 and $500 respectively.

Applicants will chose one of the four men from the World War I monument on Cochran Square as the subject for their research.

The deadline for receiving applications and essays is April 1, so the Historical Society members encourage students to get started as soon as possible. The Historical Society can also provide assistance in locating historical data regarding the subject for this year’s scholarship contest. Seniors are encouraged to check the state website at delawaregoestocollege.org for additional information or visit their school counselors.

In 1985, the Historical Society grew out of a desire to preserve an old building, Greenlawn, which was going to be torn down. From there it has blossomed. Exhibits upstairs show Middletown school and home life. A research room and library provide information to anyone interested in family or local history. At this time, images hang downstairs in the rotating exhibit showing photography from World War II as well as Faces of Middletown spanning three centuries.

The Middletown Historical Society also has sponsored the Olde Tyme Peach Festival that has brought our community together in August of each year.

The Historical Society members invite the community to take a moment to stop by the society’s historic building at 216 N. Broad St., to visit with staff on the second floor. The building is open every Friday (except national holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the office on Fridays at (302) 378-7466.