Carl A. Weyerhaeuser was born in 1901 in Little Falls, Minnesota, to Maud Moon and Charles A. Weyerhaeuser. Carl was a man of art, literature, and museums. He wrote books of poetry. He collected Shaker furniture and a variety of American, European and Asian art. He and his wife, Edith Greenleaf Weyerhaeuser, founded the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, in 1971. Carl and his sister Sarah-Maud contributed the funds to build The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls to honor their father, who was president of the Pine Tree Lumber Company.
The Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS), which owns and operates the Weyerhaeuser Museum, announces a new essay contest called the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser History Awards in order to honor Carl’s legacy. The goal of the History Awards is to encourage greater examination of Morrison County’s diverse history.
According to MCHS President Art Warner, there is another purpose to the History Awards. “We want the public to be aware of the many research resources we have at the Weyerhaeuser Museum. We also want people to use those resources. The contest is meant to do that by requiring those who submit essays to use the museum’s collections in order to write their essays.”
The History Awards have three age categories (12-15, 16-21, and 22 and over) with a monetary prize for each category. The theme for this year’s essays is Morrison County Rivers. Entrants must be residents of Morrison County. The deadline for submitting essays is August 15, 2014. For full submission guidelines and a Submission Form & License Agreement, visit the Morrison County Historical Society’s website at http://morrisoncountyhistory.org/?page_id=4513.
Essays will be read by a panel of three judges, who will determine a winner in each age category. Winners may be asked to read their essays at a public event held by MCHS. Winning essays may be published by MCHS in its newsletter, on its website, or in other formats.
The Carl A. Weyerhaeuser History Awards is intended to be an annual event, with the potential in future years for entrants to submit history in other formats.
For more information on the History Awards, contact MCHS at 320-632-4007.