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A new heritage trail will explore Canby history from the women who helped shape it

From left to right, Tony Crawford, president-elect of the Canby Kiwanis, Carol Palmer, chairperson Canby Historic Review Board, and Joanne McCall, president of the Canby Kiwanis.

The City of Canby's Historic Review Board is launching a new heritage trail that will explore Canby's history from the perspective of the women who shaped the development of our community.

This project has the distinction of being the first heritage trail in Oregon focused on women and their contributions.

Working in partnership with the Canby Public Library, Canby Kiwanis, and Canby School District, the HRB is creating a unique launch event at the Canby Library on March 22, 2018, coinciding with Women's History Month.

An important element of the launch will be an essay contest open to all Canby students. At one of their recent meetings, in support of the essay contest, the Canby Kiwanis presented a check for $200 to Carol Palmer, Historic Review Board chairperson.

"The Canby Kiwanis is honored to partner with the Canby Historic Review Board on the Women's Heritage Trail by providing funding for the children's essay contest. Helping kids grow and succeed is at the heart of everything we do," said Joanne McCall, president of Canby Kiwanis.

Jamie Stickel, Main Street manager and city staff liaison to the HRB, said that "The Historic Review Board has strengthened its programming through collaboration. They have taken working with other community organizations, businesses, and individuals to an entirely new level and have been able to foster great relationships in Canby."

The essay contest is intended to encourage students to explore the many ways women, currently and historically, have made their communities better places to live, work, and play. Those in elementary school are asked to write a 50-200 word essay on "A Woman Who Inspires Me."

For middle and high school students, the requirement is a 200-500 word essay about "Women, Past or Present, Making Canby a Great Community."

Essays may be supported by a drawing or photograph. A panel of judges will determine winning essays for each category. Winning authors will be invited to read their papers at the dedication ceremony and all winning authors will receive commemorative medallions. Information about the contest rules, awards, and deadlines has been distributed to all area schools and is available at the Canby Library.

HRB member Tony Crawford is spearheading the essay contest and said that "Traditionally, the contributions of women have been unrecorded, hence, lost in the historical record. We plan to place these essays in a bound book, stored in the Canby Library, to provide future generations with a written record of how women have made a difference in Canby."

Canby Library Director Irene Green said the library is excited about participating in the event, helping the Historic Review Board celebrate the many ways women have contributed to our community. Our library exists because generations of Canby women supported its creation and ongoing support."

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