Poster Contest: Happy San Mateo County Day!

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Name: Poster Contest: Happy San Mateo County Day!
Date: March 23, 2024 - April 14, 2024
Event Description:
On Saturday, May 4 the San Mateo County History Museum will celebrate the 4th annual Happy San Mateo County Day. The theme of this year’s birthday party is the 1940s.

In preparation for the event, the History Museum will be sponsoring a poster contest. Poster submissions will reflect life in San Mateo in the 1940s from industry and inventions to fashion and local events. The best-known events of the era relate to World War II, so posters could depict wartime activities including scrap drives, victory gardens, military training facilities or industries such as the shipyards of South San Francisco.

The posters must be original, two-dimensional designs. All of the rules for the contest are available online at Posters must be submitted by April 14 at 4 pm.

Posters will be judged on the basis of their form and composition, use of color, characterization of the theme, historical accuracy, creativity, and best delivery of the message. There will be three age categories: ages 11 and under, ages 12-18 and adult participants. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

The winning posters will be featured in advertising for Happy San Mateo County Day and on the cover of the event’s activity book. If you have questions, please email

Image: Merchant Marines jumping into San Francisco Bay at Coyote Point, 1942.
San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
Date/Time Information:
Accepting poster submissions now through Sunday, April 14 and 4 p.m.
Contact Information:
Education Staff
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