American Heritage Committee Contests

The American Heritage Theme for 2012–2013 is “Invest in the Future: Creating Tomorrow’s Family Heirlooms.”  The American Heritage Committee was created to preserve the traditions of art and sculpture, crafts, literature and drama, music and the fiber arts. Members are invited to participate in the various contests within each category. All contest entries must be the original work of the member. Members are welcome to enter more than one category. For more information on the specific requirements in each category, please see the American Heritage Committee page at Please read the instructions thoroughly and include a descriptive paragraph explaining your work. Often this paragraph can help the judges to: determine the materials used, learn about a special technique that was used to create the artwork, understand the inspiration behind the artwork and break any ties. All contest entries need to be sent by mail (USPS, UPS and FedEx). Electronic entries will not be accepted. Make sure that it is postmarked by the contest deadline.

All Fiber Arts entries need to be sent to the State Chairman by February 1, 2013.  One important exception is the theme for Historic Costume for 2012-2013 which is “The Civil War Era: 1860-1865.” The National Chairman is aware the Civil War began in 1861, but she will use 1860 as the starting point for fashion of the period.

The following categories are to be submitted directly to the National Vice Chairman by April 1, 2013. Please send a duplicate Contest Entry Form to the State Chairman.

• Art and Sculpture

• Crafts

• Literature and Drama

• Music

ALL entries must include:

1. The American Heritage Contest Entry Form which can be printed from the American Heritage Committee page at

2. “5 X 7” photographs, unframed and without any fancy borders

3. CD with digital images, JPG format preferred

I hope to see many entries from California next year. Please let me know if I can be of any help or answer any questions.

AnnaLisa Lauer-Hansing
State Chairman American Heritage
2012 Evelyn Cole Peters Winner for Crafts


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