Yes, There Was Life Before Video Games

Growing up in Rochester in the 1950s was quite different than it is today. Back in the day, there were no iPhones, iPads or iTunes.

The Rochester Historical Society is sponsoring a writing contest for Rochester’s youth between the ages of 12-14 years old. The essay, minimum of one page, should compare the differences of playtime activities of 12-14 year old children in the 1950s in Rochester with what 12-14 years old kids do today for fun.

Ask your parents, your grandparents, your neighbors, or visit the Historical Society’s museum to help you unlock the ideas for your essay. What would you do without your iPad? What would you be doing if you couldn’t text or Tweet your friends or watch videos? You might be surprised at all the things Rochester kids of the 1950s did for fun.

The top three essays will be announced at the Historical Society Booth at the Rochester Country Fair in August. First prize will be $100; 2nd prize will be $75; 3rd prize will be $50. Submissions must be postmarked no later than August 1. Please mail your entry to Rochester Historical Society, P.O. Box 171, Rochester, MA 02770. Please include your name, address and age on your essay. Any questions, call Edyie at 508-961-7401.

So Rochester kids between the ages of 12- 14, put down your iPads and pick up your pencils. We look forward to reading your essays.

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